HAS BEFALLEN US, BARBAD ?
title, What Has Befallen Us, Barbad? , is taken from
a short story by this name written by Houshang Golshiri.
In the story, Barbad is a five-year old boy who has
witnessed what has been done to his father in the prison
of Islamic Republic of Iran. Barbad stops talking and
never describes what he has witnessed. Instead of talking,
he draws childish but horrifying paintings. My name
and my life are taken from this character.
short story itself has a hypotext. In Sassanid period,
Khosrow Parviz (the Persian king) had a magnificent
horse called Shabdiz. Parviz loved his horse frantically
and had said that he would kill the one who brought
the news of Shabdiz’s death. Shabdiz dies and no one
dares to bring the news to the king. Barbad, The courtier
musician, comes and plays so sadly that makes the King
ask: “has Shabdiz died?”
my work, Barbad, who is the artist, is mourning what
has befallen him and us in a traditional manner.
the other hand, What Has Befallen Us, Barbad? is about
Art Praxis: is on my Faustian experience; Selling not
just my soul, but also my body. That is why I chose
Body Art and I chose myself as the subject of the Praxis.
This piece is about exhausting myself with Art, but
not for any rewards or exalted goals. It is just because
of my addiction; because of the cancer of time: a poor
habit. For nothing, if you prefer.