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Interview: Farideh Sakhaeifar

Season 4, Ep. 6

On April 02, 2021 I spoke with Farideh Sakhaeifar about her exhibition You are in the War Zone at Trotter and Sholer in New York’s Lower East Side and her residency at Koda Lab in Brooklyn. The presentations introduce several of her visual experiments from the last decade as a kind of survey. Her work explores various themes from the Middle East and her native Iran, and the differences and complexities of living in the United States since 2009. How does the media influence the way we see our position in the world? Having known Farideh since 2013, I take cues from the exhibition as opportunities to go off script into the past and future of her work and how she has handled the remarkable year that 2020 has been.

Audio excerpts from Halabja, 1988, with sound design by Sadra Shahab and narration by Maryam Ghoreishi

and vocal excerpt by Hussein Smko from the Hekler event The People’s Tribunal.

You are in the War Zone was organized jointly by

Trotter and Sholer:

and Koda Lab:

with contributions and collaborations from Hekler:

Details about Farideh and her work can also be found here:

I recommend you browse the website as we discuss the work and follow along with the images of the titles we introduce.

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