Apr 3rd 2015

Sanaz Sohrabi: Spatial Agreements

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

217 N Carpenter St, Chicago IL

Opening Friday, April 3rd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, April 23rd

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present, Spatial Agreements, a solo exhibition by BOLT Resident, Sanaz Sohrabi.

Spatial Agreements addresses the physical and intangible distribution and limitation of space and the body, both public and private. Through an architectural model of the vacant Iranian Embassy in Washington D.C., and a fictional map of the space, Sohrabi poses questions about ideological potentials at the site of the embassy, the ownership of the space, and common elements that history and architecture share: slowness, loss, and lack of access. Further complicating the question of ownership, by utilizing strategies of re-enactment and fiction in recreation of images from recent emancipatory movements, in her video installation, Sohrabi characterizes these movements as moments in which bodies have come together to make a claim in a public space; a space that is not given but rather fought for. Highlighting the role of camera and the regime of gaze in creation of history, Spatial Agreements is an assessment of the possibility and impossibility of translation of events into narratives, and of visual experience into verbalized stories.

Sanaz Sohrabi is a visual artist working with video, performance and installation to explore the tension between different materials and the body, enduring gestures, and formation of identity. In her work, environment and body activate the materials, mapping them as places of action. She has been exhibiting and performing at EXPO Chicago, 6018NORTH, Defibrillator Gallery, and Nightingale Micro Cinema. Sohrabi received her BFA from the University of Tehran in Iran and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently teaches at the photography department.

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