Sonati, Sanati, 2019

Sonati, Sanati pinpoints a disorientation in the consciousness of time and space caused by the schizophrenia between the past and the present.

The installation explores the tensions between tradition and modernity in Iran, while identifying the sociopolitical background and the psychological consequences that have given rise to this issue. The signs are written in Farsi and read sonati (right) and sanati (left), which translates to “traditional” and “industrial”. This humorous expression is used to describe someone who is behaving uncontrollably under the influence of a combination of plant-based drugs (such as opium) and synthetic drugs (such as crystal meth).  The artist adopts the phrase to talk about wider social and political subject matter, namely how this delusional state of intoxication could be symbolically applied to a young Iranian who is experiencing a mix of tradition and modernity.

The LED also alludes to contemporary industrialized streetscapes and signs, while the mirror pieces, applied using Persian techniques and patterning, imply traditional skills and tradition. The psychedelic effects on the walls intrigues the viewers while the strobe of flashing lights cause distraction. This further emphases the push and pull caused by this identity crisis. The psychedelic space captures a moment of unconscious complication many younger generations are facing in Iran