Mariam Ghani: Tracery

When 12 Sep 2012 - 6 Oct 2012
Where Worth Ryder Art Gallery
116 Kroeber Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Courtesy of the artist

September 12 – October 6 2012
Opening Reception: September 12, 4–7pm

Press Release:

Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose research-based practice operates at the intersections between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction. She will be exhibiting two bodies of work which use art to question history and our constructions of the past. For The Trespassers(2010-11), Ghani hired Afghan-Americans who had previously worked as translators for the US military in Afghanistan, translating documents related to US military prisons in Afghanistan. The idea behind these encounters was to test whether these individuals would be able to maintain the neutrality of a ‘simultaneous translator’ when confronted with the material of their own histories and to see how their work registered in and reacted to gaps in the records. “The fidelity of translation is always a slippery slope. In situations where words have weight and consequences, is the translator responsible to render the spirit or the letter of the original? Does the act of translation, like the presence of an observer or a recording device, preclude or occlude, transform or make impossible the act of bearing witness?” Fugitive Refrains(2006-07) was conceived and produced collaboratively with Butoh-trained dancer/choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. It was developed for, performed, and shot on HDV in six specific sites in the Solitude Rotwildpark forest and in the historic site of Schloss Solitude in summer 2006. The title of the video is derived from a line in a Wordsworth poem written a few decades after the construction of Schloss Solitude: “That nature yet remembers/what was so fugitive.”

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