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"The Wayfarer's Journey: Film Installation by Gita Farid
Film Installation by Gita Farid"
2001-02-23 until 2001-05-05
ASU Art Museum, Experimental Gallery at Matthews Center
USA United States of America
Interpreting THE SEVEN VALLEYS, a mystical Bahai
treatise on attaining spiritual fulfillment through
detachment, artist Gita Farid's installation is
inspired by the tale of a Eastern wayfarer, Majnun,
on his quest to be reunited with his beloved, Layli,
from whom he has been separated. Travelling through
various metaphorical valleys, the wayfarer reaches a
state of pure conscience and utter spiritual thrall,
a realization that occurs at the end of his journey.
A musical soundtrack that dramatically expresses the
emotions of this non-narrated work accompanies the
projected image. Optional wireless headsets can be
used to experience the narrated story.
Gita Farid received her BA from London College of
Fashion, London, England, and went on to study at the
New York Film Academy and with the Korean Independent
Film Association. Her recent film and video projects
include The Capture of a Mermaid, Perivision, The
Businessman's Proposal, and Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.
This will be the artist's first museum project.
ASU ART MUSEUM PRESENTATION
Organized by John D. Spiak, The Wayfarer's Journey will
be installed in the 2,400-square-foot Experimental
Gallery of the Arizona State University Art Museum at
Matthews Center. The work, originally shot in 16mm film,
will be presented in dvd format.