In September 2014, I resided in an artist studio in Tabriz, Iran for a month. As a visual and performing artist, what I was able to share in public was restricted. Furthermore, as a female visual and performing artist, the use of my voice in public performance was restricted.
Since performing as I choose is illegal in Iran (post 1978), I sent compositions in the form of personal (sculptural) notations created while residing in Tabriz to 16 female artists and musicians living outside of Iran to interpret and perform in lieu of my ability to do so in public.
The artists participating (receive and performing my scores) include Gabie Strong (Los Angeles, CA), Kali Z Fasteau (NYC, NY), Kelly Jayne Jones (London, UK), Heather Leigh (Glasgow, Scotland), Jenny Graf (Baltimore, MD / Norrebro, Denmark), Marcia Bassett (Brooklyn, NY), Chiara Giovando (Los Angeles, CA), Shana Palmer (Baltimore, MD), Purple Pilgrims (North Island, NZ), Rachael Melanson (London, UK), Christina Carter (Austin, Texas), Ashley Paul (London, UK), Angeline Chirnside + Hermione Johnson (Auckland, NZ), Matana Roberts (NYC, NY), and Rachel Shearer (Auckland, NZ), and Kathleen Kim (Los Angeles, CA)
The scores, recorded documentation of the performances, and live performances will be presented as a traveling exhibition in 2015. More updates and details on the progress of this project soon.
*Khal has been coined as a somewhat derogatory term in farsi for Iranian pop music, which flowed steadily homeward on cassettes from the huge Persian community in Los Angeles and has now been state-approved in Iran, a country where music was outlawed as the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979 (Mohebbi, Sohrab).