You are invited to acknowledge histories, mourn the past and welcome the future. Artist Hossein Ghaemi’s costumed choir will chant, sing and enable us to lose our inhibitions. This work recognises the debt we owe to our past, and encourages us to celebrate our achievements.
Ghaemi’s healing performance uses ritual singing and costume to create a ceremony which visitors may watch and participate in. Celebrate the past through the vibrant costuming and choreography and let these cathartic rituals release the past and clear the way for a bright new future.
P a s s i n g W i t h i n & S i n g i n g f o r N e w S t a r s
Sunday 13 November, 11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm
Throughout the MCA
About the artist
Influenced by his Persian and Turkish heritage, Hossein Ghaemi incorporates mysticism and spirituality into his practice. He works across drawing, painting, video and installation, though he is perhaps best known for his work with performance. Ghaemi’s approach to performance incorporates elaborated costuming and sometimes make-up and set design. Ghaemi often features as one of his alter-egos within his work: Ussef who takes the form of a whirling dervish and Issiac, who has an electric fan for a head. Ussef and Issiac have appeared in Ghaemi’s surreal, ritualistic performances that often feature costumed choirs.
Ghaemi’s work was part of Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the MCA. Other group exhibitions include TWO/THREE, The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2012); and Everything’s Alright, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, (2010). His performances include Frank: Hole up – Hold up, in the YOU’RE HISTORY festival at Performance Space, Sydney (2013); THE DEFICIENT OF SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT: QUIZZING MAKES REMEDY for Tiny Stadiums festival, Sydney (2013); SKIN IN ON, NightTime: Twilight, Performance Space at St Stephen’s Church, Sydney(2012); and The Ooo in Who, Firstdraft Gallery’s We Are Here program, Sydney (2011).
Image: ARTBAR – curated by Michaela Gleave, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 23 March 2013, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Michael Wholley