Nuclear Walks & Desert One (Installation - Video, Paper Collage)
“Someone, Many People Probably” Group Show, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, Nov 2014
Inspired by the 1980 U.S. failed hostage rescue operation in Iran’s Tabas desert, and an army vocabulary guide discovered online, I set up a text-map collage with archival documents from studies conducted by Iran’s intelligence and the CIA on the personalities and traits of one another, in the years preceding the hostage crisis. The documents’ voyeuristic contents are stretched beyond their bodies, flattening the striation of language. In the intersected video screens, Iran and 5+1’s diplomatic teams pave through labyrinthine hallways to reach the nuclear negotiation rooms in a lingering decades-long encounter, in a loop.