Iranian artist makes Waves at Norwich Arts Centre

Iranian artist makes Waves at Norwich Arts Centre

Iranian artist Zory presents her moving exhibition Waves at Norwich Arts Centre from 10th August. From sculptures consisting of 30,000 safety pins or sewn-up masks, through to the central interactive video installation ‘Waves’, Zory examines the status of refugees and asylum seekers.

Part of Contemporary Art Norwich 2007, the exhibition features images, videos and sculpture exploring themes of personal, individual and mass displacement. Zory herself was a political asylum seeker when she arrived in the UK in 1985 from Iran.
The interactive installation ‘Waves’ (on display from Tue 14th to Sat 18th August) follows the journey of a woman escaping by sea, struggling through the waves to reach the shore. Visitors are captured on overhead cameras and become part of the story itself – their actions become part of the work as they too are trapped in the waves.
Zory explains the installation, “This video is based on my interest on the sea as a metaphor to portray displacement. The first part of the video shows cloth bundles floating on top of waves. The round shapes of the bundles are a reminder of crumpled human body and their act of risking their life to cross the border. It ends with floating and landing of a shoe on the shore.”
Another part of the video shows only huge waves one after the other and changes with the audience’s movements. As soon as viewers enter the space, their images will be captured by CCTV cameras and projected onto the screens. The audience becomes the new actors of the video and their body images will be absorbed into the waves.
The exhibition runs from 10th August to 10th September, with the installation showing between 14th to 18th August. ‘Waves’ is free to the public and open 10am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. For all event listings, please visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk.

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