November 2016


The Boghossian Foundation is pleased to invite Spark tot the performance of Sahra Motalebi, an residence artist

With Directory of Portrayals, she presents research from her ongoing project, an interdisciplinary opera, calledRendering What Remains. Revolving around a text-based exchange between the artist and her estranged sister who lives in Iran, this piece registers the complex global dynamics of intimacy, identity, and cultural difference that underpin this dialogue. The work reflects more broadly on the nature of knowledge, subjectivity and the indeterminate contours of relationality in digital communication. To this end, Motalebi uses the floor plan of the Villa to structure a series of dramatic monologues and a cappella arias as a performance installation,Directory of Portrayals, Seung-Min Lee performs as the chorus.

The current exhibition Decor, co-curated by Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann and Asad Raza, is on view until January 29, 2017. This exhibition explores the decorative in modern and contemporary art featuring works of Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, among others.


About Sahra Motalebi

Sahra Motalebi (b. Birmingham, Alabama) is a visual artist, vocalist, and writer. Her projects have been exhibited and she has performed internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Abrons Art Center, Vancouver Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and The Kitchen. She has collaborated with Sophia Al-Maria, Kai Althoff, Jesper Just, Sibyl Kempson, and Will Rawls. Motalebi attended Sarah Lawrence College and the Master of Architecture Program at Columbia University. She lives and works in New York.


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