15 November 2021 – 28 January 2022
Exploring the context of immersion within a group of collections, materials and references, Acts of Translation connects a series of components that resonate with aspects of the experience when an artist intervenes with an archive.
The display incorporates sections from Namazi’s artist’s book that have been translated into various visual forms. Entitled How to See the Unheard, the book provided the locus for a core of references that emerged from a year-long residency at the Central Saint Martins Museum & Study Collection and the British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection. This residency enabled exploration into the relationality of objects in the archives, and provided time to consider methods of liberation, with artworks that describe a more collective representation.
Each component of this exhibition is best seen as an alternative translation from a selection of material in the artist’s book; aiming to present an expanded notion of the book as well as the immersive act of engaging with archives and collections.
By connecting with past contexts and examining their agency in contemporary time, these acts of translation can contribute to create an imaginary field where stories, narratives, facts and fictions can unfold and contribute to reimagine our cultural constructions to establish better conditions for living.
Mohammad Namazi (b. 1981. Tehran) is an artist, researcher and educator based in London. He works through means of processes, unlearning, decolonisation, collaboration, and telematics systems within social and cultural realms. A documentation of Namazi’s previous projects can be found at: mohammadnamazi.com