Ali Tahayori

After Everything Has Been Said

18 July > 18 August 2024

After Everything Has Been Said consists of a series of photographs and a video installation depicting a traditional grief ceremony in various stages performed by Ali Tahayori. The inspiration behind creating this work came after Ali was informed of the murder of a young Iranian gay man, Alireza Fazeli, in May 2021. Alireza was kidnapped and killed by family members after discovering evidence of his sexuality. He was supposed to fly to Turkey to join his partner just days after the event in the hope of applying for asylum in Europe. The video performance displays the traditional mourning ceremony specific to a region of Iran where Alireza was originally from.

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Ali Tahayori
’s interdisciplinary practice ranges from conceptual photography to the moving image, mirror works and installation. Tahayori uses archival materials, narrative fragments and performative modalities to explore themes of identity, displacement, and belonging. Combing fractured mirrors with text and imagery, his works draw on ancient Iranian philosophies about light and mirrors to create kaleidoscopic experiences; moments of both revelation and concealment hint at the conflicted nature of his identity. Translating the traditional Iranian craft of Āine-Kāri (mirror-works) into a contemporary visual vocabulary, his practice combines a discourse about diaspora and displacement with an exploration of queerness – in both cases, poignantly testifying to his experience of being othered. Tahayori is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne.

IMAGES > Ali Tahayori, After Everything Has Been Said, 2024. Courtesy of the artist.