SMS Iran (after Gilles Peress)


Every gathering with a foretold script.  The security barriers mark a neutered zone for dissent.  Finally though, there is this one day in Brooklyn.  The air is traversed (by bridge) and the marchers walk from one bank to another.  It isn’t a miracle but it is beautiful.  x number of women and men for x hours holding a green banner.  No fist, no barbed wire, no peace symbol.  Distance rescues it from exhausted protest imagery.

Naeem Mohaiemen (b. 1969, London) works in Dhaka+New York.  He researches utopia/dystopia slippage and failed revolutions.  Mary Walling Blackburn (b. 1972, California) works in New York.  She is founder of Anhoek, an experimental all-women’s school.  The text that accompanies the video, from which the paragraph above is excerpted, may be read at the Web site of Art Dubai Journal 6 (November 2009).

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