E-motion, 2011


If the Green Movement is green, what would happen if I add orange? In the world of today’s politics, which has acknowledged its own abstraction, can I take it further and deal with world politics as abstract play? Can I embrace semiotics and the absurd as escape? The world is as we allow it to be, with the language we use to communicate about it. If we introduce the absurd, the meaningless, we intercept ease of communication with a roadblock. This roadblock makes the viewer slow down and maneuver more carefully, weigh meaning more. Since the absurd defies meaning the meditation becomes possibly infinite.

In a world where political movements claim our personal space and our bodies but without a singular goal, I would be careless to discuss anything but politics, and I would be a liar if I gave it a form, gave it a conclusion. Is it possible to make a political artwork that looks intentional and sincere, but one with no conclusion?

If the world is changing rapidly, is it possible to pause a moment just for sake of pausing? I am looking for that pause. I am looking for the moment when my viewer wonders if she should come up with a story, but she can’t make anything out of what I have given her, and so she says, “What the hell?!”


Katayoun Vaziri was born and raised in Iran and is currently based in New York. Vaziri draws on a wide range of cultural references to question the linearity of political and social narratives. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2009 and a BFA from Tehran University in 2005. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in San Francisco, London, and Dubai and she has held residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2010 and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, New York in 2011. Vaziri co-curated a number of exhibitions and screenings, including “Handheld History” at the Queens Museum of Art in 2010. In addition to her artistic practice, Vaziri reports on the arts in New York for BBC Farsi. She is currently visiting lecturer at Ohio State University and She is currently working on "I ran into Iran", a radio pocast which is part of Creative Times' Reports series.