Composed of ethereal, narrative-based video projections and prints by Alma Sinai, the three sections of this series are in dialogue through repetition, loops, patterns, and ultimately the notion of a trap. Through the recurrence process in the motif of the nets and the looped narratives—with no exit points—meanings get lost, added, and distorted. The nets and their encompassing void implicate a space where the figures are confined and trapped. Within different parts of this project, there lies an ongoing tension and an occasional leakage between inside and outside while implicating a sense of suspension and pause. These in-between zones are connected by a thread, the mountain.
-(In poetry) A regularly recurring line or verse at the end of each stanza or division of a poem.
-To stop oneself from doing something.
This body of work was created before the recent uprising in Iran. In retrospect, it conveys a sense of calm before the storm, with the women at the center of the narrative: as if they are in a paused moment right before breaking through the confinements.
We look forward to your presence at the Bridge & Tunnel. “Refrain” will be on display until April 23, 2023.