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Unfailing Memory

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Unfailing Memory
Installations, Screenings, Discussions
June 12-25, 2015, Freiburg, Germany

Municipal Cinema in Cooperation with artline Art Magazine, Kunstverein Freiburg e. V. and Theater im Marienbad

Supported by:
Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Cultural Department of the City of Freiburg, Sparkasse NördlicherBreisgau, Va Space and Aaran Art Gallery

Faraz Anoushepour, Mehraneh Atashi, Morteza Basravi, Azin Feizabadi, Amirali Ghasemi, Morvarid Ghasemi-Rahni, Ahanita Hekmat, Atefe Mahdiani, Payam Mofidi, Shirin Mohammad, Pooya Razi, BaharSamadi, Zeinab Shahidi

Curator: Samira Hashemi

Project Manager: Nicoletta Torcelli

Project Statement
Which living traces leave behind words, place and events? How is memory passed on, Transformed and repressed – from day to day, from person to person, from generation to generation?

The English word “unfailing” has several meanings in German. It stands for the reliable and infallible as well as for the relentless and inexhaustible. The works on show draw on this whole spectrum of meaning, The Persistence of Memory That is always offset with on equal persistence of forgetting and remembering MIS. Each work in its own way articulates The Possibility of restoring forgotten and failed individual and collective memories.

Unfailing Memory presents videos by 14 Iranian artists in four different venues in Freiburg. Video Works are in different formats with installations in two exhibition spaces in the gallery and screenings at the movie theater and public space. They are paired off or grouped based on the commonality of thematic Approaches and the dialogue is generated between fact / among them. Works in Unfailing Memory collectively highlight the paradox of the conjoined persistence of remembering and forgetting.

Project Timetable

June 12, 2015

Gallery Old Wiehrebahnhof
Vernissage with Video Installations by Mehraneh Atashi and Zeinab Shahidi

Municipal Cinema
Video art program in the cinema hall with works by Faraz Anoushepour, Ahanita Hekmat, Pooya Razi, Payam Mofidi and Bahar Samadi. Followed by a discussion with the curator Samira Hashemi and Iranian guests

June 13, 2015

Kunstverein Freiburg e. V.
Vernissage with video installations by Ahanita Hekmat and Shirin Mohammad

Theater im Marienbad
“Conference of the Birds” by Azin Feizabadi
Deuschland / USA / Iran, 2011, HD, 48 min.
Subsequently, a panel discussion with the curator Samira Hashemi (Isfahan) and the invited artists Azin Feizabadi (Berlin), Morvarid Ghasemi-Rahni (Tehran), Ahanita Hekmat (Paris), Atefeh Mahdiani (Isfahan) and Shirin Mohammad (Tehran). Moderation Nicoletta Torcelli.

Downtown Freiburg / Commercial Bach Gerberau
Outdoor Vernissage of video projections in public space on the commercial Bach Gerberau with ArbeitenvonMorteza Basravi, Amirali Ghasemi, Morvarid Ghasemi and Atefe Mahdiani

June 15, 2016

Municipal Cinema
“Cryptomnesia” of Azin Feizabadi.
Germany, 2014, 73min, HD
Followed by a discussion with the artist

Other Programs

artline Art Magazine Island 3 / Gerberau Video Projections
Daily, 21:00 – 23:00

Municipal Theater / Gallery Age Wiehrebahnhof Urachstr. 40 Exhibition
Daily, 14:00 – 24:00
Except: Saturdays, 8:00 – 24:00

Kunstverein Freiburg e. V. Dreisamstr. 21 Exhibition
Tuesdays – Sundays, 12:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays, 12:00 – 20:00

Kommunales Kino in Kooperation mit artforum3 e.V., Kunstverein e. V. und Theater im Marienbad

Municipal Cinema:
Kunstverein Freiburg:
Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations:
Theater im Marienbad:
artline Art Magazine:
Aaran Gallery:
Va Space: