October 29, 2015

III in 3: a new series of films on art as inspiration. Guest #3: Zinat Pirzadeh.

We at Magasin III believe that art has the ability to challenge and inspire people and society. In everything we do we strive to give our visitors a discovery: about art, him- or herself, or our times. Creators in the fields of film, music, dance, architecture, literature, fashion and design are constantly inspired by each other.

In our new series of short films, III in 3, which refers to Magasin III as the location and the length of the films, we talk about art with invited guests.

The third episode features writer and comedian Zinat Pirzadeh who reflects on art’s ability to help one to process grief, or to heal old wounds. This episode takes place in the exhibition Like A Prayer, which features 14 artists from 11 countries. The exhibition, curated by Richard Julin and Tessa Praun, offers a poetic interpretation of moments of crisis, where objects—both ancient and contemporary—can be seen as a sort of prayer.

The first and second guests on III in 3 were experimental fashion designer Bea Szenfeld and film director Roy Andersson, who explored the exhibition Markus Schinwald.

See the film with Zinat Pirzadeh. (In Swedish.)

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Jennifer Lindblad
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Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art
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Zinat Pirzadeh: Shalom! That means hello in Persian.

Tessa Praun: We wanted to show you this exhibition called Like A Prayer. In this exhibition, it was important for us to focus on hope, because hope is what people often turn to when things get tough.

ZP: I’m curious.

TP: This is the work of artist Ulf Rollof. He made this piece during a time when he was experiencing intense pain.

ZP: Artists are so wonderful because they are so honest. That they open their hearts in that way…

Richard Julin: This work is titled “Woman giving birth to herself”, by the artist Sigalit Landau.

ZP: Actually, we do that biologically as well. Every seventh year all the atoms in our body are replaced. I’m not the same person who fled that day.

RJ: A Swedish artist who was born in Iran, Sirous Namazi. He thought back to the moment when his family was forced to flee their home in Iran. Many migrants or refugees, as we see today, do not have access to something as simple as a sink.

ZP: No, you don’t. Water is not a given. During the war in Iran, sometimes we went a whole week without access to clean water or electricity. It’s sad to have to go through a war to appreciate life.

ZP: I saw immediately that there were hand grenades. I have had one. It’s wonderful that one can make them so colorful and happy. This is like a metaphor for us, survivors of war. Even if you’re now living the good life, the forms of war remain inside you. This work really speaks to me.

ZP: Who has made this work?

TP: Lars Nilsson, who has sculpted it to look as though it’s made of clay. But it actually isn’t clay!

ZP: I like that the feet are so intact. He’s broken but still has his feet on the ground, he’s down to earth. It almost looks like they will start walking away at any time. I like it.

ZP: Art is really so amazing. We must take care of our artists.

TP: It’s been fantastic to hear your spontaneous reactions and thoughts. And so many unexpected reactions!