Anatomy of a Fall

Oct 17, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Anatomy of a Fall is a lecture performance that reconstructs elements of a photograph through writing, sound, and movement. Close attention to the image, now from a distant vantage point in space and time, offers previously unavailable revelations. It depicts a seemingly ordinary training session at a stadium in Tehran of 1984. But upon closer inspection, the photo becomes evidence to the events that drastically shifted the sociopolitical landscape of the region.

This live performance by exhibiting artist Maryam Taghavi, sets out to read beyond what the image immediately represents, and by doing so gives shape to a sequence of events that are absent yet connected. By using technology retroactively, this performance searches for the imaginary possession of the past and the consequences of its narratives for the present.

Maryam Taghavi is an Iranian-Canadian artist currently residing in Chicago. She received a bachelor of fine arts from Emily Carr University and Masters in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship. She employs a post-studio, site-specific practice to weigh and intervene in existing modes of production. She is interested in an interchangeable role as both observer and participant, and locates agency in the role of the trickster. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as LAXART, EXPO International Art Fair, The Queens Museum, Exterressa Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Sullivan Galleries, and Sazmanab Gallery among others. Her work is interdisciplinary, existing in installation, video, publication, drawing, and performance.

From the exhibition “The Way the Mystic Sees”