Still Moving - PhMuseum

Still Moving

Atefeh Farajolahzadeh

2017 - Ongoing

Still Moving is a photography and video installation that visually expresses the experience of being elsewhere. This project is driven by personal experiences as an immigrant, facing the state of suspension between the new place and my country of origin. This new experience of longing drove me to wander in the city, countryside, and nature in search of a certain space in which to be grounded.

The result of this journey has been a collection of both abstract and representational photos and videos. My photography tries to create a psychological space that mirrors the inner state of mind and emotions; it translates and transforms the landscapes of my imagination to meld the internal sensations through the way photography records light, color, and movement. Each photo finds its meaning in combination with others to create an experience that places the viewer between reality and dream, consciousness and subconsciousness, the familiar and the unknown.

While still images create an immediate interaction, the video demands that the viewers sit and spend time with the work. My intention is to engage them with the experience of being in-between in a more immersive way.

Please find the videos here in the links below:

No Answer (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma4-dcRUigI

No Answer metaphorically represents the character’s quest to merge two distinct places, the motherland and the host land, as well as the impossibility of physical re-connection

Things Remain (2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8WfU4qf2Mg

Divided into four segments and fragmentary narration, Things Remain metaphorically explores the psychological struggle to cope with the loss, the complexity of the journey, and political uncertainty through an expressive narration.

A House (2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ocDO4yh41M

A House is driven from my experimental research, in which I socialized with strangers in public spaces as well as their private spaces to record the performances of two people, occupying the same place to raise the issue of who belongs to space and who does not. This work, by setting parallel sets of figures, showcases the sense of both belonging and detachment.

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