Galerie Melike Bilir (Hamburg, Germany) presents 'Ordinary Grief' Exhibition by Parisa Azadi
May 30, 2022
Galerie Melike Bilir (Hamburg, Germany) is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Iranian-Canadian visual journalist and artist Parisa Azadi. The exhibition, curated by Bettina Freimann and Melike Bilir, runs from May 27 through June 12, 2022 and be will be shown as part of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg. Opening reception is Friday, May 27, from 6 -9pm. Curators and Artists Talk, Saturday, June 4 at 7pm. All events are open to the public. The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of Claussen Simon Stiftung and Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg.
May 27 through June 12, 2022
Part of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg
Ordinary Grief is a story of tenuous reconciliation. In 2017, I returned to Iran after 25 years of self-exile, where I embarked on a personal and political reclamation of my identity and history. With images spanning 2017-2021, Ordinary Grief is my attempt to reconcile despair and joy, exhaustion and hope. It’s about ordinary Iranians actively trying to create new futures for themselves despite the odds. It’s a love letter to a country from which I feel estranged, despite having been born there, and to the people who call it home.As a woman who grew up between East and West, straddling the line between insider and outsider, my experiences are difficult, unromantic, and fragile. I’ve realized that two decades of living outside Iran brought with them a kind of cultural and personal amnesia. Ordinary Grief is also about what it means to forget and what it means to (try to) remember. Always, I’m attuned to joy, despite the hardships: I sought moments of serenity, celebration, and ritual in the shadows of perpetual grief. The photographs mark the passage of time as they document physical, emotional, and political limbo: they question what it means to long and to belong.
About the Artist
Parisa Azadi is an Iranian-Canadian visual journalist and artist with a keen interest in history and conflict, memory and displacement. This is Parisa’s first solo exhibition. Parisa was the recipient of the Chris Hondros Fund Award (Eddie Adams Workshop, 2019) and her work has been recognized by the World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent Program. Her photographs have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Associated Press, Malala Fund, International Rescue Committee, among others. www.parisaphotography.com
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