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Video Art That Explores Alienation Felt by Iranian Immigrants

From the Los Angeles Times: “Ooldouz Alaei Novin’s three-screen video installation about the Iranian diaspora depicts goldfish frozen in blocks of ice, swinging from trees in the desert air, along with footage of a woman’s hands rooting through the dirt while transplanting violets.

A languid visual poem called ‘Our Persian Garden,’ the work has only gained in resonance following President Trump’s executive order to temporarily prohibit citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Oversaturated with light and featuring a soundscape of wind and rushing water, ‘Our Persian Garden’ speaks to feelings of dislocation and alienation that Alaei Novin and other Iranian immigrants have long felt in the U.S., she says. A sense of impermanence, a feeling of being caught between two cultures, pervades their lives…” (continue reading)

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