(c) Nousha Salimi Photography.
Bring Your Own Wish (I WISH FOR... Project)
By: Nousha Salimi
Thursday June 26th, 2014 | 6:00-9:00PM
Red Door | 2118 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. IL 60647 | Back Patio
Happy Hour & Meet the Artist / Drink Specials & Appetizers / Projection / Photo Shoot
// A Wish (n) //
1. Feel or desire, long, or express a strong inclination for a specific thing.
2. Silently invoke a hope or desire, especially in a ritualized way.
Wishes are embedded into our everyday lives to a degree that we hardly ever think about their ritualistic property. We make a wish before blowing our birthday candles, wear wish bracelets, use wish tchotchkes, install and participate in wish trees, drop wish coins in ponds, send holiday wishes…
Iranian born, Brooklyn based photographer
, has a new ritual to grab and contain people’s wishes. She started walking down in her adopted city New York last year with a blackboard that reads
She asks random strangers to write their wishes on the board while with their permission she snaps a photo. Some hesitate, some walk away and some write down a word to a whole paragraph.
The results Nousha believes “has a deeper impact, it provides each individual with a chance to connect with their deepest feelings… in this giving universe all we need to do is ask, to be open, and to trust that we will receive.”
String Theory, M-Theory or simply a wish tree, Nousha believes that by taking it to different places, cities, and countries, the people involved “eventually could all connect to each other and help one another, or better make each other’s wishes come true! Wouldn’t be great if everyone us could contribute to another person’s happiness?”
Chicago is next on the I WISH FOR itinerary followed by India where she will donate proceeds of the project to Food For Life a humanitarian aid organization(
In the short term, the dreams and wishes are available online as photos are taken, via a blog and on Facebook (see below). In the long term, Nousha plans to share the photographs and wishes in a larger scale and in different media.
For more info on Nousha Salimi's work and to see the
I WISH FOR Photos: