This video deals with physical distance, emotional isolation, and compounded loss. When we lose certain people, or when we are dispossessed from a place, we are experiencing something deeper than mourning; we are undergoing an existential displacement: we are internally displaced. Our work is an artistic attempt to reconstitute our ties, and to answer this painful question: “Who am “I”, without you?”. This video reconstructs our family photographs. Family photographs are haunting; they are aching evidences of our relationships with those who are gone. By making this video, we engage in a creative attempt to free the reality which imprisoned in them.
- Art form: Time-Based
- Medium: Video
- Year created: 2017
The video "Waiting for the Past" is a collaboration between artist Parisa Ghaderi and EMU professor of Political Science, Ebrahim Soltani -both from Iran- who share an existential experience: losing a parent while being an immigrant; the transformation of a geographical distance to an eternal emotional displacement.