Morehshin Allahyari, The Recitation of a Soliloquy, 2012. Sound, 04:38
Reading her Mother’s diary, one word-per-frame, under the lens of time accumulated since the time of its writing, since her birth — the time of life. Virtual words, lifted off the page, squirm like embryos under inquisitive gaze of an interlocutor to whom they are addressed, as if resisting to be born into the world in which war and cruelty are present. Released over the overlapping maps of Tehran and Dallas, they carry on their transmissions over time, in the presence of a reader, in the absence of the writer.