Shirazeh Houshiary. Breath. 2003

Shirazeh Houshiary



Not on view
Four-channel video (color, sound), four LCD monitors and surrounding sound
Breath I, 3:51 min. Breath II, 5:10 min. Breath III, 4:44 min. Breath IV, 3:58 min. Each: 15 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 4 3/4" (38.7 x 31.4 x 11.1 cm)
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
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© 2015 Shirazeh Houshiary
Media and Performance Art
This work is not on view.
Shirazeh Houshiary has 6 works online.
There are 330 installation works online.

Breath comprises four animations on screens placed on the walls of a room. Each screen is a visualization of the imprint of the breath of vocalists expanding and contracting as they hum songs from four religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Sufism. The delicate organic forms that register the vocalists’ breath and the audible succession of chants envelop viewers, immersing them in diverse cultures. On the recurring motif of breath in her work, Houshiary states: "I set out to capture my breath, to find the essence of my own experience, transcending name, nationality, cultures."

Gallery label from Out of Time: A Contemporary View, August 30, 2006-April 9, 2007

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