Artist: Ghazaleh Avarzamani
Medium: hydrocal (54 pieces, 3 x 18 unit configuration)
Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in each / 16 x 16 cm each
Ghazaleh Avarzamani was born in Tehran, and now lives and works between London and Toronto, where she works primarily in sculpture and installation. She is interested in how institutional structures and educational methodologies shape psycho-social constructions of knowledge, and uses her practice as a way to question dominant power structures. The work refers to the origami paper game of chance that is used to predict the participants’ future. The repetition of form and the lack of any messaging invests the objects with a role open to speculation and endless possibilities. All these fortune-tellers appear to be the exact same object with the same message: nothingness. For Avarzamani, the creation of spaces that are both inviting and potentially hazardous is a way to explore how games and play can be understood as tools that deconstruct, replicate, or transform public space. By examining the laws, rules and systems that govern human behavior, her work suggests different possibilities for disrupting hegemonic systems of power.