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Bahar Noorizadeh: Mountain of the Sun

Bahar Noorizadeh Wolkaan 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist

Bahar Noorizadeh Wolkaan 2015, film still. Courtesy the artist

Join us for the UK premiere of two short works by Beirut-based artist Bahar Noorizadeh

Artist, writer and filmmaker Bahar Noorizadeh joins us to present and discuss two recent works, Ultima Ratio Δ Mountain of the Sun and Wolkaan. These engaging, multi-layered film and video works use speculation and phantasmic computer-generated imagery to collide and reframe disparate histories.

In Wolkaan, two seemingly unrelated films intersect: a fantastical rendering of the city of Tehran under a volcanic eruption, and a fictional father-son road trip through the American Midwest. Each segment unfolds as an incomplete cinematic event, hinting at the other and anticipating some kind of transformation.

In Ultima Ratio Δ Mountain of the Sun, Noorizadeh’s camera traverses Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, recording its age-old industries of hashish, a mind-altering substance that affects the visual field. This documentary footage is cut with computer-generated 3D objects, an optic that seeks to discover what can be seen anew in its vivid, particled fields of matter.


Wolkaan Canada / United States / Iran 2015, DCP, colour, sound, 30 min

Ultima Ratio Δ Mountain of the Sun Canada / Lebanon 2017, video, colour, sound, 13 min

The screening is followed by a discussion with the artist and an audience Q&A.


Bahar Noorizadeh (b.1988, Iran) is a Beirut-based writer, filmmaker and artist working across video, performance and installation. She is a founding member of BLOCC (Building Leverage over Creative Capitalism), a research and education platform that seeks to alter the relationship between contemporary art and gentrification. Noorizadeh is currently pursuing her practice via the collaborative project The Art Protocol, a think tank, website and support structure dedicated to pinpointing viable guidelines for negotiating the informal economy of contemporary art.

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13 June 2018 at 19.30–21.30