Project Room No. 2: Azadeh Tajpour
BCA Studio Resident Azadeh Tajpour takes over the BCA Mills Gallery Project Room space. This is the second show in Boston Center for the Arts’ Project Room Exhibition Series at the Mills Gallery, which features work by BCA Studio Residency Artists, artists who have studios and are part of a three-year residency in our Artist Studios Building.
Friday, October 7 | 6–9pm
During the public reception for Project Room No. 2: Azadeh Tajpour, visitors will also be able to see Anukriti: A Temple for Timeless Beasts in the main gallery space. And as an additional treat, the BCA Artist Studios Building will be able open for exploration. Visit any and all four floors next door and visit some BCA studio residents and their studios. Please RSVP.
Friday, October 21 | 6–7pm
To provide context and invite discussion about her Mills Gallery exhibition Project Room No. 2: Azadeh Tajpour, the artist will be in conversation with Fatemeh Moghaddam, introduced by BCA Director of Visual Arts Randi Hopkins. Azadeh Tajpour’s installation focuses on their experiences, in 2019, at the Haskell Free Library, which is situated on the US/Canadian border and became a meeting place for Iranian families divided by borders and the Muslim ban since 2017. In light of the ongoing protests in Iran, Azadeh and Fatemeh also talk about “Women, Life, Freedom” and the intersectional leadership of Iranian women.
Join us at the BCA Mills Gallery on Friday Oct 21, 6-7pm. This event is free with a confirmed RSVP. Refreshments will be provided.
This multi-media installation is based on a real incident that took place at the Haskell Free Library, which straddles the US-Canadian border, in Rock Island, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont. Because visitors from both countries were allowed on the premises, during 2017-2019 the library became a meeting place for Iranian families divided by borders and the Muslim ban. In September of 2019, I accompanied a friend to meet her family there.
This installation is based on camera footage that documents an encounter with the US border patrolman in front of the library, while he was preventing my friend’s family from meeting inside the library. Each piece in this installation represents a part of that footage. While the officer’s voice is a reminder of the violence experienced every day by millions of people, the voice of a Canadian woman who was able to pass the patrol officer and enter the library without being stopped or questioned reflects our obliviousness in regard to the privileges that we take for granted.
In breaking the linear status of the narrative, each piece presents a unique perspective. The passage through different media enables an immersive experience and exploration of the lenses through which we look at “others”, exploring the gray area and the shifting borders between “us” and “other.” The line, marked by the tape on the floor, reflects the arbitrariness of what we consider “inside” and “outside” and urges us to be conscious of our own positionality in regard to the geopolitical divides.
—Azadeh Tajpour, BCA Studio Resident