ZELIKHA ZOHRA SHOJA

Bibi Amir (2021)

Single-channel digital video, color, stereo sound

13'16"

A family gathers to remember a deceased matriarch. Despite a lack of material remnants to trace her life, the family recollect on their shared memories and ultimately reveal an unknowability of her silent life. The hybrid experimental documentary is intercut with performative rituals by the artist near bodies of water in this ancestral remembrance. 

Video is in Farsi/Dari with select English subtitles.


screenings

2023

Needles in a Haystack, Bulgaria Fund for Women, National Gallery of Art – Palace, Sofia, Bulgaria

Moving Image from Central Asia by DAVRA Collective, Bactria Cultural Centre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Cultural Center Kuduk, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Goethe Institute of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Goethe Institute of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

2021

Tracings, Governors Island andthe Living Gallery, New York, NY

Acorazado Film Festival,Caracas, Venezuela

MENA Film Festival Society, Vancity Theatre,Vancouver, Canada

Roma Short Film Festival, Rome, Italy

New York Tri-StateInternational Film Festival, New York, NY 

Centrally Isolated FilmFestival, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY 

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