Whisper My Name (2009)
Embracing the element of chance and offering symbolic interpretation, this video is a visual diary of an artist’s journey back to her childhood school in Dehkadeh, Iran. The empty rooms and their decayed elements resonate with history. In isolation, she explores places of memory and examines emotions ranging from nostalgia to detachment, as the audience is invited to peek into this intimate cocoon.
9,272.70 Miles (2021)
9,272.70 Miles catalyzes emotion, connecting with stories, and the universal human experience of migration, connection, love, and loss.
Azin Seraj is an Iranian native and Canadian citizen who currently lives in the United States. Her video, photography and multimedia installations reflect the varied textures of her transnational experience of displacement and alienation but also of unexpected connections. She uses sounds and images to create visually and socially lush experiences, layering spaces and multiple timeframes. With an interdisciplinary approach to marginalized experiences, Seraj explores connections between colonial histories, citizen journalism, activist networks and contemporary politics in Southwest Asia, South Asia and North Africa’s diaspora.
Seraj’s work has been featured internationally in exhibitions and festivals including SFMOMA, Open Space Arts Society in Canada, Tate Liverpool, (S8) Monstra De Cinema Periférico in Spain, Berkeley Art Museum, Minnesota Street Project, Chicago Underground Film Festival and Croatian Association of Artists. She was the recipient of the 2019 Kala Media Artist Award.