Whispering Walls Installation - Show PODs
Chicago Arts District, Pilsen - Chicago, IL - September 2015
ShowPOD is a high exposure exhibition space, sponsored by the Chicago Arts District, it is compact, dynamic, unmanned and designed to support concepts of art experimentation and installation.
The enhanced installation speaks to a hybrid reality, born of an Iranian-US experience – anchored in the artist’s new home, Chicago. As such, the work is grounded in traditional Iranian customs, yet bears a distinct overlay of US/Chicago culture. The exhibit came to life via seven storefronts along South Halsted and 18th Streets, in Pilsen. Every element of this exhibit speaks to the artist's unique reality as a woman born in Iran, who has chosen to call Chicago home. Her residency here has clearly impacted her current body of work, as evidenced by some of the elements in the installation: “tagging” the windows”; having viewers see their reflection overlaid with Persian detail; the interplay with Farsi and English words, and even the artists’ choice of where to exhibit – in Pilsen, the first point of entry for many immigrants throughout Chicago’s history. Her experience is yet another contribution to the cultural landscape of this – a contribution which is constantly nurtured and inspired by the very city itself.