Go see the latest animation by Art & Technology faculty Illya Mousavijad, playing in the Box at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Aug 24, 2023–Oct 31, 2023
Between a Lost Home and a Losing Destination explores exile and migration in the Iranian diaspora. Mousavijad uses computer-generated animation techniques to meticulously render objects from his home country of Iran, including rugs, dishes, and glassware. Alongside animated models of fresh Iranian fruits and food, these objects are placed on top of the rendered rugs. The objects dance around as the rug moves underneath, creating a surreal collision of memory and present reality.
The work is inspired by the story of the magic carpet from the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales One Thousand and One Nights, with the carpet representing both the means of transcending place and the experience of exile. By recreating the objects associated with family feasts in Iran, Mousavijad highlights how inaccessible his memories are from his current location in the United States and the constraints faced by family and friends in Iran. (6:50 mins., HD video) Free for all audiences.