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Sahra Motalebi: Directory of Portrayals

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Drawing its structure from a libretto written by Sahra Motalebi, Directory of Portrayals (from Rendering What Remains) is a performance from an open-form opera that includes staged events, exhibitions, and a book based on an ongoing online exchange between the artist and her sister, who lives in Iran. Though the two bear a striking resemblance, they have never met in person; and here Motalebi moves among multichannel video sets, spoken text, and musical scores, registering the complicated dynamics of identity, intimacy, and translation that underpin this dialogue. Taking the production of the opera itself as a subject as well, Motalebi’s work reflects more broadly on interiority, performance, and their artifacts—on- and offline, on- and off stage. Organized by Lumi Tan.

The libretto will be published as a work of experimental auto-fiction in 2018, edited by Annie Godfrey Larmon.

December 14–15, 8pm
Tickets $20 General / $15 Members

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Sahra Motalebi: Directory of Portrayals is made possible with support from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Production still collage, 2016–2017. Courtesy of the artist.

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