JUNE 7, 2012

EXPLOSIVE TIME//Session IICurated by Kate Clark and Matt Savitsky

June 7, 2012 7 pm $5 Suggested Donation

In Part II of Explosive Time Performance Series, three artists working across performance, poetry, and video are brought together. Lindsay Beebe, Farrah Emami, and Elmira Mohebali create emotive, political, and historic spaces that stem from recurring dreams and cultural myths. Each artist rehabilitates fragments from their personal histories that open upon broader cultural sensibilities. Through ritual and voice, Emami, Beebe, and Mohebali articulate the surprising and strange ways our irrational unconscious appears in larger, collective scale.

In My Father’s Dream, Farrah Emami uses seventy stacked blankets to literally embed herself in the interwoven dynamic of comfort and discomfort. In homespun vernacular, Lindsay Beebe performs works from her anthology of poems and drawings, The Nightmare Doesn’t Care (2011) along with more recent works inspired by her lived experiences, ranging from a hung-over job interview to an epiphany in the woods. In the choreographed production Ishtar Bashing, Elmira Mohebali recontextualizes an ancient Mesopotamian fertility ritual,interrogating the transitioning historic perception of the goddess figure Ishtar.

About the Artists: Lindsay Beebe is a Los Angeles based poet, artist and musician. She received her BFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design. She has performed readings throughout the United States, including Bobos on 9th (Philadelphia), Printed Matter (NYC), and Ada Books (Providence RI). She has lived and worked in Rhode Island, Asheville NC, New Orleans LA, and Philadelphia.

Farrah Emami was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received her BA in Visual Art and Art History from University of California, San Diego in 2011. Her practice centers around video, installation, and performance. In her recent work, Emami sidesteps the narrative to directly address emotive spaces.

Elmira Mohebali was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She has received a BA from UCLA in 2008 and is pursuing an MFA at the University of California, San Diego. The core of her art practice is based on the Epic of Gilgamesh and Ancient Mesopotamian history. She applies her sculpting, painting and drawing skills in creating video installations and performances.