Viewer: please come in with your shoes off, in reverence.
edges of place مرزهای مکان,
edges of place مرزهای مکان
edges of place is a three-channel film-poem, a first chapter in an ongoing body of work exploring the emotive and contemplative experience of home; its vulnerability and risk, complexities of geography, the past and present, lived experiences and emotional landscapes. The fleeting yet everlasting intimacy that comes with its’ memory. How is home ever evolving? Is home a feeling?
During her residency with St. Mary’s Outreach Service, as part of Spaced,
Know Thy Neighbor #3 in partner with Victoria Park Community Centre, the artist made written reflections in response, surmising the reflective poem as scanned text depicted in the artwork, a first unearthing to the experience of home/less/ness. ‘She’ in the text often refers to the artist’s mother’s homeland. The moving image closes on a reflective poem expressing the artists conflicted sense of identity; familiar and alienating, both at home and far away, in place and language. Interpreting past trauma found in displacement and the transference of these ‘inherited stories’ by the community, the artist offers a lens to the intergenerational and universal experience of mourning, loss, love, nostalgia and placelessness.
Produced by Spaced, Victoria Park Community Centre and the Town of Victoria Park. This work was in consultation with creative arts therapist Cara Phillips, and St. Mary’s Outreach Service.
Tazhib, traditional Persian patterning used to beautify fabric, homes, carpets. The illustration was made by the artists mother, Sholeh Pirmorady. The pattern symbolizes ‘gathering’. The drawing of the artist’s grandfather was made by the artist when she was 18 years old.
The demolished home of 94 Carnarvon Street, East Victoria Park. This house was 100 years old, damaged, and demolished due to asbestos. It was renovated and built by a carpenter who owned the home, now in his 80’s.
The landscape footage, filmed in the Yued Region, Ledge point (Shire of Gingin), is in acknowledgement of Áshena, Bear Witness to Me (2021) by Elham Eshraghian Haakansson, Asha Kiani and the Second Generation Collective.
Language reflecting the ‘push and pull’, written English subtitles juxtaposed with archival Farsi conversations.
Spaced, Know Thy Neighbour #3, Marco Marcon, Artistic Director of Spaced, Town of Victoria Park, Victoria Park Community Centre, St. Mary’s Outreach Service, Bayside Art Gallery, MAP mima Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, Forrest Research Foundation, Dr. Ionat Zurr, Sarah Douglas, Dr. Ali Fardinpour, School of Design, University of Western Australia, Arjang Pirmorady, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, homeowners of 94 Carnarvon Street and the Baháʼí Community.
The artwork was created and filmed on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, both urban sites permitted by the Town of Victoria Park and the homeowners of 94 Carnarvon Street.
Specifically, the landscape footage, filmed in the Yued Region, Ledge Point (permitted by the Shire of Gingin), is in acknowledgement of Áshena, Bear Witness to Me (2021) by Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson, Asha Kiani and the Second Generation Collective. Supported by Community Arts Network, Lotterywest Dream Plan Do ‘21, and the University of Western Australia, School of Design.
Dedicated to Dr. Tiamour Pirmorady
Directed and Written by
Director of Photography
Colorist, Video Editor
Victoria Park Community Centre
Town of Victoria Park, Art Season 2022, Spaced, Know Thy Neighbour #3 2022, Ellen José Art Award 2022, Bayside Art Gallery
Town of Victoria Park, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest
Sholeh Pirmorady, Manijeh Heshmat, St. Mary’s Outreach Service, Community of Victoria Park
Gavin Kristal, Vinsan Demolition
Curator Collaborator, Consultant
Mayma Awaida, Spaced
Director Programs Consultant
Soula Veyradier, Spaced
Community Collaborator, Consultant
Julianne Mackay, Victoria Park Community Centre
Community Collaborator, Ethics Consultant
Medhanie Ghebregziabher, St. Mary’s Outreach Service
Ellen José Art Award Curator
Creative Development Collaborators, Consultant
Cara Phillips, Creative Arts Therapist Asha Kiani
Set Design, Props
Illustrations and Costume by
Eckart Haakansson, Christian Haakansson
Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson (b. Boorloo, Perth, 1996) is an award-winning Iranian Australian Bahá’í video artist, researcher, and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Her research navigates the sharing of stories, understanding its essential role in healing and mental well-being in response to traumatic contexts. Working in multi-channel video art installations, she intersects theatrical and cinematic performance with film-poetry, archives and sound, seeking to document, as a witness, cultural stories that transcend beyond a locality into the human condition. Navigating the aesthetic and artistic devices of storytelling and world-building via the moving image, this informs her own perception on how we can facilitate emotional well-being in individuals and communities. Uplifting shared voices can transform how we think, feel, perceive, and interpret some of the harshest conditions humans face in conflict, revolution, war and now pandemic.
Currently, her practice is intending to navigate how feminine approaches within art-making can be harnessed to mediate conflict. Through emotional immersion in new digital media, she addresses the act of preservation; preserving collective memory over a silent genocide, uncovering home in the face of placelessness, empowering communal love in the face of apathy, and understanding connection whilst we welcome the discomfort of disconnection.