APT7 performance / Parastou Forouhar Artist Project: Cieavash Arean




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Published on Oct 8, 2018

Performed in 'Written room' 1999-ongoing. Parastou Forouha covers the walls and floor of the Gallery with elegant lines of Farsi calligraphy, variously recording names and elements of words. The meaning of her script is fragmented, obscure even to those familiar with the language.

Parastou Forouhar makes works in a variety of media, including photographs, textiles, and installations, combining traditional and modern, beauty and violence to explore questions of exile, belonging, and memory.

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is QAGOMA's flagship international contemporary art event, and the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

APT7 continues the series' forward-thinking approach to questions of geography, history and culture and how these questions are explored through the work of contemporary artists. APT7 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the APT, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

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The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) / Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Brisbane Australia / 8 Dec 2012 – 14 Apr 2013

Source: QAGOMA APT Archive


Venue: Parastou Forouhar 'Written room 1999--ongoing'

Drawing on the vast reservoir of Persian culture, Parastou Forouhar’s graceful imagery, exquisite patterns and elegant calligraphic installations often cloak experiences of pain and dislocation. In her ‘Written Room’ series, Forouhar covers the surfaces of gallery spaces with soft, rhythmic lines of Farsi script, recording memories, names and fragments of words. The writing loses its linguistic function, and the meanings of the words become secondary to their forms. The script comes alive in a play of colour, line and shape, its lyrical beauty complemented by the movements of gallery visitors, for whom Forouhar’s installations become a stage. Though the literal sense of the fragmented texts might be obscure, even to those familiar with the script, the movement of people through the space ensures that hints of its intimacy and power are retained.


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