The Pool Installation at Immigration Museum Melbourne
Wednesday, 7th June 2023
Naveed Farro is a second generation Iranian artist who reached out to me recently after having found my album Tehrsfahan online. It was originally conceived as an installation piece, and the one of the tracks, Isfahan, has now become part of his installation at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.
An aluminium sculpture that intricately maps the ceiling, or muqarnas, of the historic iwan entryway to the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran. Farro obtained a scan of the structure from an Iranian 3D technician who had publicly uploaded it to Sketch Fab, a shared data pool of 3D models. Here, the artist repurposes the mosque’s muqarnas scan to explore themes of cultural knowledge acquisition, inviting audiences to engage with a revered landmark in a new and immersive way.
Farro is an artist and filmmaker who is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA). He works across film, 3D media and installation to create immersive, affective screen encounters.
The exhibition reflects Farro’s interest in representing and understanding the complex experiences of people of colour living in Australia, drawing on his experience as a second-generation Iranian-Australian.
The sculpture was made with assistance from Katie Dunlop and Mitchell Ransome, and support from Christopher Ferris.
Design development for Shah_Mosque_Entrance was made in collaboration with Mitchell Pollard.
The space features original field recordings from Isfahan by installation/sound artist Leonie Roessler.
The artist also extends thanks to New Media Society in Tehran and Musica Dispersa. “« Back to Events