As a former Tehraner, Taghavi’s engagement with the city through materials and situations, atmospheres and activities that had once been neutral was vivified in discovering the ineptness permeating the public space. During her residency at Sazmanab, she collected objects and images entailing moments of imbalance, collapse and failure. These visual modes of social investigation were reinterpreted through multiple re-arrangements to achieve temporal stability. The project was realised during a performative installation that tested possibilities that may have existed between failure and temporary solution, collapse and scaffolding, imbalance and equality.
Maryam Taghavi graduated from Emily Carr University, Vancouver in 2008 and since then has been experimenting across diverse mediums, ranging from drawing, performance, sculpture and site-specific installation; nonetheless, issues surrounding adaptation, displacement and collapse remain constant in her work. Mainly informed by mundane activities, materials and situations, her work aims to remodel acquired set of relationships and negotiate multiple scenarios to aspire a condition for ephemeral experience, contemplation and other forms of exchange. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico, and Iran.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – 6:30-8 PM