14 Maj Sarah Yasdani: A Tangible Perspective
About her adventure in Paris, 21 year old Sarah Yasdani explains; “What took me to Paris was that I always doubt what I know, yet never compromise what I believe in.”
SY: The medium, my work’s substance, is the concept. I work with the idea that the concept is the most important aspect of the work. I communicate my idea through the form, but, in the process, liberate myself from the thought, leaving behind the physical form as a result, a proof. It is a process of working through my seemingly irrational ideas, of making them into a rational and tangible form.
The art chose me when my words disappeared. I could no longer fit all of myself into writing. When I came in contact with conceptual art I found a new way of understanding materiality and visuality in relation to thoughts and ideas. Through this I manage to find other intersections between them. I reduced a certain type of material in order to explore another because art for me is the expression of and exposure to the unspeakable.
I made a very clear choice to diverge from aesthetic. Aesthetic forms never gave justice to the ideas that were behind my works. Concept is to see something behind. It is a search for something intangible; there is a certain duality in that I create something tangible but the real work is intangible.
SY: I believe that inspiration is a question of receptivity. The human mind is so incredible because it makes us see what we need to see. Inspiration can be found anywhere.
SY: Presently I have an atelier at an art squat in Mairie de Montreuil, just outside of Paris.
SY: My current exhibition, my second in Paris, opened on April 29th at the gallery, Memoire de l’Avenir (Memory of the Future), which is a non-profit gallery with a strong spirit and connection to me, one in harmony with my values and beliefs.
The title of the exhibition is A Tangible Perspective and everything is built around one word: Conviction. For me, a conviction is to see the world in a certain light and to paint experiences and situations in that perspective. The exhibition is about exploring my convictions and trying to make them tangible. It is an attempt to show the spirit beyond the body through the exploration of the nature of emotions.
SY: I do not know anything about the future. What I do know is that I will continue to create. My artworks are the receipt of my existence. It feels like saving memory through my art is the only way to emphasize the passage of time. I need to keep on creating to continue my pre-emptive archiving, documenting each experience, a willingness to record their passage, and to preserve what may disappear. And for that, I can live everywhere in the world. I am going to search for artist-in-residences all over, but I recently found one in Reykjavík, Iceland that I am specifically interested in. Paris has been an incredible place to explore myself, without any context and contacts. Alone. I have dared to search and now I have more coherence here in Paris than I ever had before. Perhaps Paris will be the right place to continue, I do not know. All I know is that I need to continue creating to survive.
Sarah Yasdani’s A Tangible Perspective is open to the public at Memoire de l’Avenir from April 29th- June 6th 2015.
To see more of her work visit her website here