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Through video\, sound and installation\, \;Shagha Ariannia&lsquo\;s work insists that personal and political domains are inext ricably linked. Her practice negotiates the physical and cultural gaps betw een her native Iran and her current home in the U.S.\, where she has lived for almost eleven years\; a distance of space and timethat she measures wit h small\, nuanced gestures. Drawing upon family experiences and the paradox of existing between political realms\, Ariannia responds to questions of r evolution\, immigration\, nationalism\, and global power relationships from within the framework of the intimate\, domestic sphere.

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Using surveilla nce footage of an interior setting\, \;Two America&rsquo\;s Away \;evokes an unsettling sense of waiting in a space absent of inhabitants and activity. By way of a \;security system insta lled in the home of the artist&rsquo\;s grandparents in Iran so that Ariann ia&rsquo\;s mother may monitor and look after her own aging parents\, we se e an intimate\, yet removed vantage point proclaiming a loving\, yet ruptur ed means of participating in the lives and well-being of family members fro m afar. While intended as a means of caring for loved ones in Shahrood\, Ir an from Los Angeles\, the piecealso comments on types of military watch sys tems monitoring distant subjects\, such as Long Range Surveillance units\, drones\, and satellites\, as well as invoking a sense of war-time waiting\, as ongoing threats of military action against Iran from the US and Israel persist.

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The \;sound piece \;Our Future is The Appro aching Past \;employs audio from a family cassette tape r ecorded and re-recorded over from 1978 to 1993\, which includes entries fro m different\, real moments in time. Dubbed over a tape originally holding r evolutionary songs\, we hear the artist&rsquo\;s mother teaching her childr en the English language\, and a young child singing a Farsi fable. The inte rlayering of a time capsule of political ideologies with the soft\, encoura ging voices of mother and child highlight the complexity of the artist&rsqu o\;s past and her place in the present. The disjuncture of the audio echoes uprooted family narratives relative to historic events.

DTEND:20130802 DTSTAMP:20140901T141251 DTSTART:20130519 GEO:34.0232998;-118.477291 LOCATION:18th Street Arts Center\,1639 18th St. \nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Two America's Away\, Shagha Ariannia UID:278686 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130601T210000 DTSTAMP:20140901T141251 DTSTART:20130601T190000 GEO:34.0232998;-118.477291 LOCATION:18th Street Arts Center\,1639 18th St. \nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Two America's Away\, Shagha Ariannia UID:278687 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR