In his recent series titled “Static”Pregnancy from 2014, Ali Zanjani continues in his appropriation of found 16mm films from cinematic, educational and sports archives formerly owned by the National Iranian Broadcasting Company.
As in his Pray (2010) or Just Between Us (2012), this new series aims to recontextualize the subjects in the footage by carefully selecting specific film frames – in this case an old physics film demonstrating the effect of positively charged electrons on a young girl’s hair – and removing them from their original context.
This source of this “Static” force however, remains concealed within all thirty-two frames selected and the young girl’s state never reaches a moment of discharge enduring her to remain in this state of pregnancy indefinitely.
Ali Zanjani (1986, Esfahan) is a graduate of rug design from the Ardakan Art University. The series “Static” Pregnancy is comprised of 32 works in various sizes ranging from 7×9 to 60×90 cm. A selection from this series was first exhibited at the Iran and Rio exhibition in the Largo Das Artes Gallery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2014.http://aggalerie.com/artist/ali-zanjani/