july, 2018

12julallday30sepForgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home | Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam RahmanianOGR


Event Details

I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from the depths.
I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep today at five a.m.
Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time…

My apologies to the felled tree for the table’s four legs.
My apologies to great questions for small answers.
Truth, please don’t pay me much attention…

My apologies to everything that I can’t be everywhere at once.
My apologies to everyone that I can’t be each woman and each man.

Wisława Szymborska

Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home, presented at OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin, aims to unveil the artistic practice of Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian by focusing on their methodology, communication, and construction of their works. Over the past few decades, Ramin, Rokni, and Hesam have shared a life philosophy that has allowed for mutual creation, during which their individual practices interact with their collaborative ones and which is informed by the understanding and technical skills of other people. From the dialogues they build among themselves and with other artists, friends, and collaborators – including stage director Joan Baixas, robotic engineer John Cole, community artist Niyaz Azadikhah, film producer Mandana Mohit, and writer Nazli Ghassemi – these artists have established a personal language that has enabled them to present different layers of content and texture in their work.

Thus, a main element of their practice is human labour, including theirs, as well as a working process that involves the inclusion of different opinions, discussing and considering opposing perspectives and approaches, and mainly, experimenting with a wide range of possibilities. Drawing on the American philosopher Dan Dennett’s approach to Darwin’s evolutionary theory, which is based on the notion of reverse engineering and processes of research and development, one might see the collaborative practice of these artists as a repetitive process in which every act represents another step in maturity. In other words, every new achievement – but also every new failure – that has been put forth by them or by their collaborators contributes to the latest interpretation of a work, a performance, an installation, or the presentation of an exhibition.

The current exhibition does not seek to be a retrospective or a survey of the artists’ oeuvre, but rather a demonstration of how they embrace their practice and heterogeneous sense of creation. Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home is an attempt to show the work of Ramin, Rokni, and Hesam from a perspective that observes the mechanisms through which their collaborative practice is conveyed but also how it is formed during a creative process that exalts a working philosophy based on a shared reality and the inclusion of others.

The above, are excerpts, from the exhibition text written by Abaseh Mirvali and Constanza Medina.

Supported by Fondazione CRT, with the generous contribution of Alserkal Avenue, Artissima, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In collaboration with Teatro Regio di Torino.


July 12 (Thursday) - September 30 (Sunday)


OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni

Corso Castelfidardo, 22 10128 - Torino (TO)

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