Tooraj Khamenehzadeh

I'm Not a Sont to Be Sung

This three-channel video installation concerns a generation of young Iranians whose lives have been affected by long years of war, international sanctions, and civil and social pressures. Exhausted from their recent experiences, most of the work’s subjects are now undertaking the process of immigration or are seriously considering leaving their homeland. Here Khamenehzadeh evokes this sense of stress and entrapment by filming each person underwater, where they attempt to recite lines from a Persian poem in English.

I’m Not a Song to Be Sung, 2018 Three-channel color video installation, with sound