Sepideh Jahanpanah – Echoes of the Past
Presented by Sepideh Jahanpanah.
Echoes of the Past is a multimedia installation by Sepideh Jahanpanah, containing numerous ceramic pieces developed through a participatory process. It unfolds people’s past and current experience of being Iranian, depicting an eroding Iran through the eyes of the Iranian diaspora.
After living away from home for over eight years, the artist Sepideh Jahanpanah gazes sorrowfully from a distance at emptiness, age, abandonment, and vulnerability. Through Echoes of the Past, she seeks to reevaluate the under-appreciated and neglected richness of Persian culture, encompassing art, literature, architecture, and philosophy, along with its diverse nature and unique cuisine.
Over the course of two years, Echoes of The Past evolved from a personal visualization of the life experiences of the Iranian diaspora in The Netherlands, to a collective perspective on a civilization and cultural heritage of several millennia, which is gradually fading away from the rest of the world.
The work has been realized through collaboration with multiple Iranians currently living outside of Iran. Participants worked during multiple sessions in small groups on ceramic pieces that have become part of the installation. Social-political conversations and stories about personal experiences as migrants were recorded during these sessions, and is used in the generative, ever eroding soundscapes played through the structure of the landscape.
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The exposition start Friday the 17th at 12.00 and ends on Saturday the 18th at 22.00.
Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.