Metaphor and Politics: The Tehran Retrospective of Harun Farocki

Sazmanab proudly presented the Tehran retrospective of German filmmaker Harun Farocki marking its last exhibition at its Khaghani venue.

The following works were exhibited part of Harun Farocki’s retrospective at Sazmanab:

Inextinguishable Fire (Nicht löschbares Feuer)
West Germany | 1969 | 25 min | B&W
“When napalm is burning, it is too late to extinguish it. You have to fight napalm where it is produced: in the factories.”

Interface (Schnittstelle)
Germany | 1995 | 23 min | Color
Reflecting on Farocki’s own documentary work, the video examines the question of what it means to work with existing images rather than producing one’s own new images.

Dubbing (Synchronisation)
Germany | 2006 | 3 min | Color
A soliloquy by Robert de Niro. The ever same image, the words in seven languages.

On Construction of Griffith’ Films (Zur Bauweise des Films bei Griffith)
Germany | 2006 | 9 min | Color
Reproduction of a sequence from Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) where Farocki analyzes the narrative form of shot/counter shot.

Serious Games III: Immersion (Ernste Spiele III: Immersion)
Germany | 2009 | 20 min | Color
Farocki is interested in the use of virtual realities and games in the recruiting, training and also therapy for soldiers.

Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. From 1966 to 1968 he attended the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich and Stuttgart, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Farocki made close to 120 films, including feature films, essay films and documentaries. He worked in collaboration with other filmmakers as a scriptwriter, actor and producer. In 1976 he staged Heiner Müller’s plays The Battle and Tractor together with Hanns Zischler in Basel, Switzerland. He wrote for numerous publications, and from 1974 to 1984 he was editor and author of the magazine Filmkritik (München). His work has shown in many national and international exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums. Harun passed away in July 2014, at the age of 70.

The Tehran Retrospective of Harun Farocki was a collaboration between Sazmanab and ag Galerie, curated by Reza Haeri and made possible through the generous support of Harun Farocki Foundation, Goethe Institut, and the Embassy of Germany in Tehran.

September 4 – September 22, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 2015 – 3–10 PM


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