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Paradise in a Square

Friday, June 16, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

Fari Shams' Paradise in a Square examines the ways in which humans, in their search for meaning, have attempted to organize the world, and how this attempt has shaped their way of understanding it.

Run time 17 minutes, followed by a talk with Fari Shams.
This video is the result of a trip to the Zoo in Cologne, Germany, but by looking into its history in relation to exploration, the print medium, collective memory, science, celebrity culture, surveillance and gaming, a genealogy of virtual identity emerges that is rooted in scientific categories. (Pierre Von-Ow 2017)

As the world becomes more global, classifications become more obvious. This paradox, a product of a transnational, global, international world, is the subject of Fari Shams’ Paradise in a Square. Drawing analogies with the Zoo, the film examines the relationship between the observer and the observed, as well as the author and the subject, to rethink simplified categorizations in the production of meaning. She has been invited to show the film and generate a discussion about the nationalistic, gendered, and disciplinary classifications relevant to this exhibition.

Fari Shams is an Iranian born British artist living and working in Düsseldorf and London. Her multidisciplinary practice involves issues concerning the production of knowledge, and the implications of isolating subjects and objects under observation for the purpose of understanding them. Her works are a result of a daily experience which bears witness to the human need for structural systems of organization and classification and the inherent inadequacy and incompleteness that characterizes them. Her installations have been shown recently in Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Kunstraum München, Maschinenhaus, Essen, and Museum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
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