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J’attends le temps/I wait for the time

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Rojin Shafiei

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I wait for the time is a video installation that deals with the notions of inertia and the stoppage of time as experienced by an anonymous protagonist. In the video, time in its various states is represented by three clocks affixed to a black-clad figure. Fixed in the present moment, the performer moves through an inert and repulsive frozen landscape. This video explores the relative nature of time’s passage and troubles its conception as uniform and straightforward. The image of a place appears frozen in one’s memory whereas time’s forward motion continues outside the viewer’s personal sphere.

Performer: Holly Timpener

Rojin Shafiei is an Iranian artist living and working in Montreal. In her videos, art is a vehicle for the translation of cultural messages and is used to present diverse feminine subjectivities. She presents these themes both through a literal documentary style and as symbols. She is particularly inspired by the observation of routines, on both of individual and of cities.

Rojin received her BFA in Intermedia from Concordia University in 2017 and has screened her work at les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois (Montreal), Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (Johannesburg), Limited Access Video Festival (Tehran) and Josiah Media Festival (San Antonio). She won the grand prize of Startupfest, Artup section in July 2018.

“I wait for the time” has been produced as part of a residency at Studio XX, ORORO and GIV in 2018 and is supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s DémART-Mtl program.

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