face to face

Elham Eshraghian---Haakansson

single channel video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FezU3dQgZKQ

“face to face” is a moving portrait of stillness and archival chaos, imprints of archival footage and craft, navigating intergenerational identity. The non-linear visualization explores three key pivotal concepts; the border sign between Pakistan and Iran, where her family fled persecution during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, marking a pivotal moment between execution and freedom; her mother writing a poem, ‘Only Breath’ by a celebrated Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, on her brothers face, a poem that speaks of universality and oneness of humanity; the visual and vocal monotony that destabilize the portrait, inviting the viewer to be the witness, rather than a passive bystander; to be eye to eye, face to face.