Azadeh Gholizadeh:

Oh Swallow Where Do You Live in Winter?

April 7 - May 12, 2019

Installation view of  Oh Swallow Where Do You Live in Winter?

Installation view of Oh Swallow Where Do You Live in Winter?

Taking its title from a 13th century tale from the Cistercian Monk and amateur ornithologist, Caesareius of Heisterbach, where he tied a note to the leg of one of the many swallows who he shared a home with just before their winter migration. Upon the swallow’s return, an answer to the eponymous question replied, “In Asia, in the House of Peter.”

The ephemerality of place, and the journey towards a home that is situated between the natural and domestic have long since fascinated Gholizadeh, who holds an MA in architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology. Gholizadeh uses her work as a means to probe the essentials of architecture and the precarious balances and trade-offs we make between that which nature has provided us and that which we have given ourselves. Having incorporated techniques such as model making, projection mapping, painting, and weaving into her work, Gholizadeh explores the ways in which the idea of “home” is as apophenic as a cloud moving over territories – fragile, inconsistent, and always something perspectival. For this exhibition, Gholizadeh will be showing a new series tapestries and a collaborative projection mapping with Diana Torres. The tension between craft, technology, and their assertion to the status of art is heightened further by their placement within Apparatus’s domestic setting. The anachronism of weaving and the technological advancements that brought advanced projection techniques to fruition are not as oppositional as they might seem. The warp and weft of a weaving represents the original 1 and 0 data set that projections run on, showing how computation originally developed in the home, and much like the swallow took flight for other parts of the world, yet inevitably returned. Ultimately, the correspondence purportedly received by Caesareius is of little importance, but rather it is its underlying question that Gholizadeh has grasped on to: how does migration change our meaning of home and how are nature’s rhythms - which we are not as free from as we would like to believe – responsible in some way for us finding and making this meaning?

Azadeh (Azi) Gholizadeh, is a Chicago-based artist and architect. Born in Tehran, Azadeh received her MA in architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2009, and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. In her current practice Azadeh explores body, landscape and fragmentation of identity and place by examining one’s own emotional connections to belonging. She has participated in group shows at Hyde Park Art center, Heaven Gallery and Goldfinch's Flatfile among others. Azadeh was an artist in residence at the BOLT Residency and ACRE.

Diana Torres is an animator and pianist. Born in Bogota, Colombia. Torres received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Diana uses various mediums such as painting, digital media and sound to layer images on top of each other to create the illusion of movement. Diana's work is about the tension that exists in the moments of in-between-ness such as cultural identity, sexual identity, memory and the idea or definition of "home". By using animation or its elements she re-creates memories that live within these tensions but blurring their order.