Directory of Portrayals
The performance will take place on Saturday 5 November, at 3 pm.
Open rehearsals 2, 3 and 4 November between 3 and 5 pm.

In a second performance at the Boghossian Foundation Sahra Motalebi presents research from her ongoing project, an interdisciplinary opera, called Rendering What Remains. Revolving around a text-based exchange between the artist and her estranged sister who lives in Iran, this piece registers the complex global dynamics of intimacy, identity, and cultural difference that underpin this dialogue. The work reflects more broadly on the nature of knowledge, subjectivity and the indeterminate contours of relationality in digital communication. To this end, Motalebi uses the floor plan of the Villa to structure a series of dramatic monologues and a cappella arias as a performance installation, Directory of Portrayals. The viewers determine their participation in the narrative by their proximity to the actors: Motalebi, who plays herself and her sister, and to artist Seung-Min Lee, who performs as the chorus.


About Sahra Motalebi

Sahra Motalebi (b. Birmingham, Alabama) is a visual artist, vocalist, and writer. Her projects have been exhibited and she has performed internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Abrons Art Center, Vancouver Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and The Kitchen. She has collaborated with Sophia Al-Maria, Kai Althoff, Jesper Just, Sibyl Kempson, and Will Rawls. Motalebi attended Sarah Lawrence College and the Master of Architecture Program at Columbia University. She lives and works in New York.

About Seung-Min Lee

Seung-Min Lee (b. Seoul, Korea) is an interdisciplinary artist. She has performed most recently at Luxembourg and Dayan, Artists Space and Books, Regina Rex, David Lewis Gallery, Interstate Projects. She was a recipient of a 2014-15 Franklin Furnace Fund Award. Lee received an MFA from Hunter College and a BA from Harvard University. She lives and works in New York.

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Price : 10€
Free for the members of the Circle of the Villa
4€ for the people under 26

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