Abbas Zahedi: Live Archive

19 July 2018 - 8 September 2018

Abbas Zahedi is a British artist working across sound, moving image, installation, performance and participatory events. His current practice is influenced by his concept of neo-diaspora – the experience of being a second generation migrant, in a hyper-connected world. Inspired by Akram Zaatari's exhibition and delivered over the period of the show, Zahedi presents his new project, Live Archive, a programme of performances and discussions that create the opportunity to engage with faith-based rituals and artistic practice as part of the same act.

Designed to extend the relationships between Nottingham's multifaceted Muslim community and New Art Exchange, Live Archive, emerged from a research phase where Zahedi interviewed diverse local communities and organisations. A process of collaboration was then created to bring aspects of existing ritual practice and discourse into the gallery context; entangling the living archive of the community with the exhibition space.

The Live Archive events will include a sacred-chanting ceremony (Dhikr) led by Nottingham Muslim Women's Network, poetry recitations (Qasidah) with traditional music, a Sermon 'outreach' performance in collaboration with artist Sofia Niazi (OOMK zine) and culminating in a discussion exploring Islam and faith as manifested through contemporary image-led society.

EVENTS

QASIDAH
Thursday 19 July, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

DHKIR
Thursday 2 August, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

ABBAS ZAHEDI GALLERY TOUR
Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

WHAT ARE THE SERMONS WE NEED TODAY?
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 August, 12pm - 5pm

FAITH IN THE AGE OF THE IMAGE DIASPORA
Saturday 8 September, 2pm - 4pm

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