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U.S. Premiere of “Made in China” by Iranian Artist NEGAR FARAJIANI
09/20/2014 – 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pasfarda is proud to present, for the FIRST TIME in the U.S., the traveling installation by NEGAR FARAJIANI (Iranian b. 1977): MADE IN CHINA.
Conceptualized in Iran, made in China, and travelled to Georgia, Dubai, and Toronto, the 12-by-12 foot giant inflattable beach ball rolls into Chicago’s waterfront in proximity to EXPO CHICAGO on Saturday September 20, 2014 from 2-4PM at the Milton Lee Olive Park.
In a global village where our consumption patterns continue to homogenize, while our borders continue to be physically separate, Farajiani is stuck within her Iranian borders with an urge to share her art and to engage in conversations about our shared economic, environmental, and social issues. Her Chinese-made, portable beach ball gives her the “freedom to travel and interact with others,” she says.
A toy, that pops in extinct factories around the world whose doors have closed as they lost business to China, or depending on the characteristics and culture of the city, is displayed in a viewing room trapped on a pedestal, this overgrown ball evokes the child within the audiences as it imposes questions on its size, origins, meaning, and destiny.
Negar Farajiani sitting among family one afternoon at a pomegranate garden in her birth place Yazd, Iran conceptualized this project as she glanced across the trees to a defunct spinning factory:
“Made-in-China Ball has no rules for play, and rejects the serious game that is monopolized by a few people, for the benefit of the privileged. I want the audience to play with the ball, but also ask themselves to ponder this metaphor for globalization, and how we factor into the big game.” Negar Farajiani
Join us at Milton Lee Olive Park (500 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611) on Saturday September 20th, 2014 from 2-4pm to interact with the ball, and be part of this multi-faceted relational art installation.
Born in Yazd, Negar Farajiani is a multi-disciplinary artist. She has had several solo shows in Tehran and has been part of group exhibitions in Dubai, London, Brazil, China, Japan.MIX & UNMATCH will also be partnerof the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibition, Elles: Women artists from Centre Pompidou, Oct 11 2012- Jan 13 2013.Yet she dares portraying herself in her collages; she changes appearances and she disappears.No rules of the game are respected. The rules only serve whoever establishes them and seeks to prevail at the expense of others.‘If everything is played in advance, why not replay with opposite rules?’ she ventures.Her series of puzzle reveals the disorder, the control and the manipulation. It creates purposeful confusion. (Courtesy MIA Gallery, Seattle, WA).
**The Artist Will Be Present via Skype from Iran**
// The installation is not only child-friendly but children are encouraged to interact with the ball and share their experiences with the artist.
// This outdoors installation will be followed by round table discussions, video projections, and a conversation with the artist later in the Fall.
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