by Sanaz Mazinani
December 12, 2014 - January 9, 2015
Video Installation on MicroTiles visible from outside at night
404 York Road, Guelph, Canada
Threshold uses video footage of explosions pictured in news media and popular films. Here, the explosion's ability to obfuscate becomes a metaphor for politics, a symbol for the veils that simultaneously obscure and complicate reality. The symbolic likeness of an explosion stands in for an act of violence, but also for depictions of power. Simultaneously magnificent and consuming, the explosion becomes a sublime entity to be feared and adorned. By re-presenting the image of an explosion as a metaphor, Mazinani problematizes the symbolic value contained in media imagery in general. Through reference, repetition, and representation, she considers the transformation of someone else's reality that takes place when imagery of war are delivered to us.
About the artist:
Sanaz Mazinani is an artist, curator, and educator based in San Francisco and Toronto. She holds her undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art & Design University, and her Masters in Fine Arts from Stanford University.
She co-edited the book ALMANAC: An Index of Current work and Thought (Stanford University, 2010). She was the 2011 Visual Arts Curator for the Iranian Canadian Centre for Art & Culture’s interdisciplinary arts biennial, Tirgan. In 2012, she was Guest Curator at Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University where she curated Edward Weston: On Light, Line and Form. Most recently she co-curated New Constellations: Contemporary Iranian Video Art.
Her projects have been exhibited in venues such as University of Toronto Art Center, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, Art & Architecture Library at Stanford University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, and Emirates Financial Towers, Dubai. Her artwork has been written about in Border Crossings, Nuva Luz, NOW Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Dide.
Mazinani’s catalogue Unfolding Images was released in 2012. She has recently received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and San Francisco Arts Commission for her art practice. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, granted the Kala Art Institute Fellowship, and was awarded the San Francisco Arts Commission Art on Market Street public art installation for 2013/2014.