Curatorial Projects > One Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran (2009-10)

Homayoun Askari Sirizi
The Auspicious Bird's Rulership (video still), 2009

"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 Sirizi

One Day: A Collective Narrative of Tehran - A project organized by Taraneh Hemami & Ghazaleh Hedayat

November 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA