Siyavashan is a project from a series called The Forgotten Tales. The main concern in these projects is the lack of access to the stories of cultures that have gradually lost their storytellers. What are we missing by forgetting our stories? How can we get access to the stories that have been almost forgotten and marginalized by pervasive, dominant media?
Siyavashan is a three-channel video installation; A non-narrative adaptation of a mythical story of a young man who symbolizes innocence and integrity. The complex mythological story has been regenerated over centuries in the literature and rituals of Iranian culture. Reciting the myth over centuries has preserved and concealed its essence. This free adaptation reflects the paradoxical condition of the story while it is present but inaccessible to the people who inherit it.
Hadi Jamali is a Montreal-based intermedia artist whose research encompasses interactive installation, video, and photography. In 2003 he graduated from Science and Culture University in Tehran, Iran, in Visual Communications. He also received his BFA and MFA in Intermedia Art from Concordia University.
Jamali’s research and creation rely on recuperating images, words, sounds, and marginalia from archival or historical documents. His most recent work uses spatialized sound and moving images to examine the link between dominant visual traditions and varying registers of contemporary (dis)location: not only geographic but also cognitive, temporal, and moral.