Homayoun Askari SiriziThe Auspicious Bird's Rulership
(video still), 2009
Video"At times in ancient Iran, disputes would rise over the choosing of the next king. Customs of the government was such that the
Morgh-e Homayoun (Auspicious Bird) would be flown, and whomever it would choose, that person would gain the kingship, whether he was of the elite or a commoner and that is how all would gather under the heavens (skies) to test their fortune awaiting the choice of the bird. This is also a reference to
Tafaal, a popular form of divination in Iran through random choices of the ghazals of Hafiz of Shiraz (1315-1390). Believing that the poem can tell one's fortune, the seeker asks the Oracles of Shiraz, Hafiz, for guidance and randomly chooses a poem."
- Homayoun Askari SiriziOne Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran - A project organized by Taraneh Hemami & Ghazaleh Hedayat
November 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA