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Anahita Razmi [Videonale.13]

*1981, in Hamburg GER, lives and works in Stuttgart GER
Studied at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar GER, at the Pratt Institute, New York USA and at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2013 Encyclonospace Iranica, Access Gallery Vancouver CAN 

         Swing State, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken GER (S) 

         Silk Map, Padiglione Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, Venedig ITA 

2012 Frischzelle_17, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart GER (S) 

         Festival Internacional de Cine, Casa del Cuno, Costa Rica CRC 

         Bucharest Biennale 5: Tactics for the Here and Now, Bukarest ROU 

2011 Iran via Video Current, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York USA 

         Division by Zero, Carbon12 Dubai UAE 

2010 SIN!, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami USA 

         Kunstfilmtag 10, Theatersaal des Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf GER


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Walking drunk in high shoes, 2010, 47:22 (17:15) min., colour, sound [VIDEONALE.13]

A camera placed at a very low angle shows, from the waist down, a woman's body clad in a red dress, black tights and black heels. The figure in the background contrasts with a bottle of vodka stationed in the proximity of the camera’s eye. The woman starts walking towards the viewer, following the trajectory of the wooden floor planks that frame the whole videoscape in a one-point perspective. She walks back and forth, twice, in a straight line, as if providing a reference point against which the following movements will be judged. Starting on her third run, the woman stops in the foreground, takes a sip of vodka and returns to her initial position. The camera’s eye transforms into a voyeuristic peephole, as the viewer observes the woman getting progressively more drunk. She gradually loses her balance, starting to writhe and cringe, thus revealing more of her body and her face. At some point it becomes apparent that it is the artist herself who is acting out the scene. Paradoxically, the viewer discovers the identity of the actor only after her upright position collapses under the weight of inebriation – a telling suggestion that true subjectivity can only be revealed at the time of its utmost vulnerability. Razmi's work refers back to both Bruce Nauman's explorations of physicality and space exemplified in his video “Stamping in the studio” and Tracy Emin's monoprint “Walking Drunk in High Shoes”.

Olena Chervonic

Anahita Razmi [ Videonale.13 ]