Shirazeh Houshiary. Breath. 2003
Shirazeh Houshiary

Breath

2003
Not on view
Medium
Four-channel video (color, sound), four LCD monitors and surrounding sound
Duration
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)
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
529.2004.a-e
Copyright
© 2015 Shirazeh Houshiary
Department
Media and Performance Art

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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