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r e•m e m b e r e d

works and words by Anahita Mekanik


re • membered


re•m e m b e re d

works and words by Anahita Mekanik photos by Anja Matthes


Dedicated to my grandmother.


Untouched

Mother

Wife

Tilted home

Barred dreams

B A NO O


M y G ong

Yearning Echo Left behind Needed


TETHERED

Held Expelled Breath apart Child run


QU E S T

First breath Last Searching Passed


D E L I V E R A NC E

Cage lifted Blue bird waiting Stairway Or flight?


ABSORBED

Word on word Memorized Wind changing Play Again


ZAN

Soft shell Hard wired Lost innocence Found


U N S U NG

One step away dancer lover mother


By her own shadow

Protected

Moon following

POTION


PROPELLED

Dreamer Thinker Lover Seeker Warrior Dancer Wounded Healer


R esilience

Scattered thoughts Spirit Rising Lives derailed


L U NA

Child of the sky Mothered by a cloud Seer of worlds

photo by Manouchehr Shirzad

Unrooted


photo by Manouchehr Shirzad


P R AY E R

Faith in faith Magical being Lineage

photo by Manouchehr Shirzad

We bow


L ist of Wor k s re • membered B anoo 2015

D eliverance 2013

metal bird cage, fabric, wax, string, artist’s

wooden high-chair, bird cage, leather shoe,

grandmother’s shoe with hand-written text, fur,

branch, paper; string, fabric, feather, metal,

books, found wooden lectern, branch, glass,

books, hand-written text, drawing, artist’s hair

painting on paper strip, wrapped clay sculpture

66 x 40 x 55 inches

72 x 30 x 28 inches

M y G ong 2017

A bsorbed 2017 metal food mill, wooden coil, string, branch,

Found toy chair and crutch, artist’s mother’s

hand-drawn Tic-Tac-Toe drawn in chalk, artist’s

shoe, fur, metal, string, globe, wooden drawer

grandparent’s dictionary/grammar/poetry books,

70 x 25 x 40 inches

porcelain doll, broken glass, paper strips with ritual instructions typed by artist

T ethered 2017

84 x 44 x 22 inches

nylon stocking, wooden doll chair, glass, concrete, hand-drawn arrow in chalk, found

Z an 2016

baby shoe, black and white photographs, belt,

Metal hangers, nylon net, wax, bubble wrap, wire,

telegraph key

wooden branch, shell casing, iron, electrical

112 x 118 x 35 inches

cable, chain

83 x 22 x 8 inches Quest 2008 found scale, metal, glass, string, paper, porcelain, black and white photograph, hand-written text 19 x 20 x 10 inches


Unsung 2015

L una , 2012

citar case, toy guitar, string, fabric flowers,

by artist, paper, lace, fabric, black and white

feather, wax, paint, found ballerina shoe, wooden

photograph, metal, wood, fabric, hand-written

stool, hand-written text

and sewn paper strip

60 x 20 x 25 inches

27 x 33 x 6 inches

P otion 2017

P rayer , 2012

wood, fur, string, packing material, tea bags

leather engraving, glass, plastic, collage,

55 x 16 x 3 inches

black and white photograph

found window, hand-written children’s story

found pieces wooden pallet, fabric, string, metal,

23.5 x 23.5 x 5.75 inches

P ropelled , 2017 windshield wiper, hanger, shell casing, string, lace, needle, ballet slipper, found antler, wood, tea bag 64 x 67 x 9 inches

R esilience 2017 found trunk, wooden pallet with drawing, artist’s grandmother’s dress and 50’s english-farsi dictionary pages, wagon wheel, mop, hanger, mannequin hand, shoelace, fabric, fur 60 x 48 x 42 inches


Anahita Mekanik is a New York based artist born in Tehran and raised in London and Paris. Her feminist and poetic assemblages portray the realities of displacement and the quest for belonging. The process of integration is at the core of Mekanik’s work, as reflected in her use of materials. Much as there is a diaspora of people, there is a world of discarded objects that have the power to connect us through time and space. Mekanik uses these broken and forgotten objects as building blocks to create new forms imbued with the history and memory each individual component carries. The dress worn by a beloved grandmother becomes part of a new identity. The artist’s personal narrative is transcended and the re-interpreted forms become a universal reflection on the cycles of life, new hopes, and the passage of time. By bearing witness to the moments and lives gone by, the viewer participates in Mekanik’s ritual of transformation.


This book features works by Anahita Mekanik and was created in conjunction with her solo exhibition at First Street Gallery in November of 2017 in New York City. The book was designed by Sarah Schmitt with hand annotations by Anahita Mekanik.


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