98TALKS

Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi of Pages
Thursday December 13, 2012 at 7:30pm


The presentation will be divided into two parts. First we will talk about our recent work Seep, which is about misplaced sites and memories of modernity evoked by politically and ideologically disputed archives. In this work the archive of the British Petroleum from the earlier half of the 20th century when it operated in the South-west Iran, is juxtaposed with the Western collection of modern art at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art established during the end of 1970s.

The second part of the presentation will be the screening of Satellite, as long as it is aiming at the sky (2009, 30 min.), a video that documents Los Angeles-based Iranian satellite television stations. Initially exile televisions, these TVs represent a tele-visual micro universe produced through live phone-in programs with audiences from Iran and outside. The video traces the hysterical mediation and staging of a satellite geography defined by social and political crisis.
In 2004 Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi founded Pages, a collaboration that encompasses various joint projects and the production of a bilingual magazine in Farsi and English titled 'Pages'. Their projects and the magazine's editorial approach are closely linked, both described by the artists as "attempts in articulating the indecisive space between art and its historical condition."Tabatabai and Afrassiabi live in Rotterdam and work both in the Netherlands and Iran. Their work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Currently they are Advising Researchers fine art at the Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands. For more information please see: www.pagesproject.net

Supported by: Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam