TRACES - Marrakech Edition 2020-2021Solo exhibit - Firouz FarmanFarmaian Oct 9, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021 TRACES VR is the virtual reality inception of Persian multidisciplinary artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian's ongoing physical retrospective at the PALAIS AZIZA & SPA - Palmeraie of Marrakesh - augmented by the previously unreleased art-video TRACES SOUNDWALK. The film takes us on a musical-narrative and visual voyage into FarmanFarmaian's memorial explorations within the walls of Marrakesh's fabulous Palais Aziza.
Set to Launch on Oct. 9th 2020 via a live ZOOM opening + viewing on the occasion of the Frieze London 2020, the artist will invite a panel of three guests including London based Middle Eastern Art Specialist Curator-Art Dealer Janet Rady, Rome based awarded Curator and Art Advisor Sveva Manfredi Zavaglia and Palais Aziza Marrakech Director Daniela Skopnik to present the exhibit.
Originally privately launched alongside the 1-54 Marrakesh Art Fair in February 2020 as an extension of FarmanFarmaian's monumental installation at the Théâtre Royal on the Fair's Public Program - exhibits were graced by high profile viewings including her Majesty Farah Diba, Lady Penny Mountbatten and Vanessa Branson with a donation going towards Maryam Montague's Project Soar Foundation for young girl empowerment in Morocco.
Curated physically + digitally by WE R THE NOMADS AGENCY on the NOUVELLE VAGUE ARTSPACES VR platform, it includes crossover collaborations with JANET RADY FINE ART extending the exhibit onto her specialized, curated selection on the JRFA Artsy page and with San Francisco based KEBIRA FOUNDATION to which part of the funds related to online sales will be reversed in support of Moroccan Artists suffering from the 2020 lock down.
Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms)Lockdown solo exhibit - Firouz FarmanFarmaian Mar 30 - May 13, 2020 Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms) was produced under the ongoing international lockdown and reflects on the idea of confinement, here brought into the heart of the artist's own practice.
‘I moved back into the Marbella workshop after six months in Morocco, where I had been on the road sourcing and producing the ‘Banners of the Unbanished’ monumental installation for the 1-54 African Art fair. A few days in, the world went into a lockdown. I decided to enforce the lockdown rule to the letter and only use media I had inside, at hand. Cutting off from outside supplies, I reflected on Rem Koolhaas’s idea of ‘Junkspace’ I had previously juggled with for my first London solo show at Mews 42 Gallery, down in 2013. I here worked around a monochromatic palette reusing recuperated furniture fabric, transforming my post-tribal lost forms into new forms - in order to express sentiment of confinement. The feeling of the outside from the inside. The freedom of inner vitality so present in all Persian poetry.’
The title of the exhibition ‘‘Let's Get Lost (Let Them Send Out Alarms)” is taken from a Chet Baker track which FarmanFarmaian had on while working and is a throwback to the 1988 Let's Get Lost black and white film by fashion photographer Bruce Weber, documenting Chet Baker’s last days. It expresses the idea of the internal voyage, where true creative freedom lies.
Event produced in collaboration with Janet Rady Fine Art, London