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Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant


  • UWAG 263 Phillip Street Waterloo, ON, N2L 5Z5 Canada (map)

Zahra Baseri
Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant

Opening reception:
Thurs, May 2, 5–8 PM, ECH 1239

Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant is the result of my research on the problematic nature of binary oppositions and their causal relationship with power dynamics. From the viewpoint of an Iranian living in the Diaspora, I create images, objects, and spaces that subtly speak to the collective phenomenological experience of a shared melancholia that those who self-identify as Iranian are undergoing. The exhibition addresses complex issues of the oppressive ruling system in Iran that continually and deliberately produces socio-political turmoil as a way to control its citizens. I employ allegory and representation of culturally and historically significant imagery from Persian and Islamic art and architecture as a commentary on political and social issues. While accentuating the importance of materiality, my work questions the subject-object duality to more profoundly bring the political into the material realm.