Lullaby

September, 2013

03.Seraj-lullaby

The video “Lullaby” explicitly addresses the effects of sanctions on Iran, contrasting a recording of President Obama’s¬†speech¬†announcing the latest sanctions with appropriated documentary footage of ordinary Iranians suffering from lack of access to essential products such as medical supplies. The artist weaves these stark images together with her own more atmospheric footage of children wishing each other “Happy Nowruz” under a full moon in Dehkadeh, Iran. Blocks of ice, dyed and arranged to resemble the Iranian flag, slowly melt and drip into water, making smoky swirls in the murk, raising questions about national belonging and survival.