b. in Iran; lives in Sweden
Born and raised in Tehran, Ali Gharavi had a semi-blissful childhood intertwined with revolution and war. At the age of 16, he moved to the USA to study Electrical Engineering and Robotics until the early 1990s and subsequently worked in the corporate world in the USA and in Sweden. At the turn of the century, Gharavi switched the focus of his technical expertise towards working with human rights defenders worldwide to ensure their sustainability and strategic success.
Laressa Dickey / Ali Gharavi
Inside-Outside: How to pass time with no reference, 2019
Installation, media and dimensions variable
Co-produced by Bergen Assembly 2019
A collaborative work, Inside-Outside: How to pass time with no reference explores the human experience of being on both sides of the prison walls due to unlawful state violence. Part video installation, sculpture, performance and documentation, this collaboration moves beyond the victimisation of state violence to poetically and artistically express the sensory perceptions of the artists’ separate but connected experiences.
Laressa Dickey and Ali Gharavi expose connections between our ordinary, human, daily experiences of life and beauty, and the overt and covert violence that exists in the world. They ask: How do we pass time when there is no point of reference? How do we survive under enormous external pressure and confinement? How do our perceptual experiences during crises form the way we see and re/view beauty? How can we use art to put our experiences into a larger story and into a very particular, embodied experience?
The installation attempts to express complexity within an assumed existing gap of perception: between that on the inside and that on the outside, as well as between those lived experiences and those of the audience that passes through the installation.