Niloufar Emamifar, Penumbra, grey plastic, 2017. Nooshin Rostami, Geometry of Exile, 2017.
As Far As There Was Water Was All It Was
July 12, 2017 7PM
As Far As There Was Water Was All It Was is an embodiment of the artist’s journey as an immigrant experiencing exile. Throughout the performance a border is fragmented into its composing triangles and gradually moved by the artist and the participating audience to the other side of the gallery. The shapes of the triangles reflect the negative spaces in the support structures of Jimena Sarno’s main installation at the gallery, and are initially arranged as a straight borderline in front of the main entrance to the installation. The participants are only allowed to move the triangles by rolling them on their sides, and without stacking them up, creating a constantly changing puzzle of voids and shadows. When the triangles reach the destination they may be placed against the back wall of the gallery in any position the participant decides. The performance is over when all the triangles have been displaced and put together at the end of the gallery. This performance-installation
is part of Nooshin Rostami’s Geometry of Exile performance series.
*The title has been translated and selected from the following poem by Maria Tabrizipoor:
تا بود، آب بود و آب، آبی بود و دوار بود. تمامش بازی بود، آببازی بود.
As far as there was water was all it was.
It was whirling blue it was.
All a game playing water it was.
1816/1812, from Penumbra series
July 12, 2017
Niloufar Emamifar began the series Penumbra in the streets of Los Angeles in late 2016 in search of what she called “seams,” spaces between two buildings, negative gaps that brought questions of property, real estate and in between boundaries. With a molding grey plastic technique Emamifar has casted a dark space between two edifices in the area of east Los Angeles and the sculpture is integrated to home away from.
These programs are in collaboration with Jimena Sarno: home away from.