Wolves in the Wall
Wolves in the Wall presents two installations by Iranian-born Canadian artist Sayeh Sarfaraz. This exhibition was conceived specifically for the ground floor space at The Invisible Dog Art Center. It is curated by Claire Moeder.
The artist erects concrete walls and dividers on which appear mullahs, soldiers, and demonstrators resonating with the 2009 Iranian rebellion. Silently parading on these walls is a universe of miniature silhouetted figures representing dozens of faceless characters, pawns of her own making with which she replays the violent, surreal scenarios that the dictatorship and repression of the Green Movement has engendered.
This work tells of one’s anxiety before the darkness of political oppression and power games. Like the projection of history played out at a distance before us, Sarfaraz’ works take the form of relics, fragile fragments of recent conflicts in the Middle East and Iran. Gathering them, piece by piece, Wolves in the Wall accommodates the ever-incomplete story of our world.
“The story, one feels, like most true stories, is incomplete.”
-Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963)
Many thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres de Québec, la Délégation générale du Québec à New York and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support on this project.