Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai’s work Plate It with Silver (2015) is a video set along the northern and southern shores of the Strait of Hormuz referencing peripheral relations to the waters from minor economic ventures like smuggling to possession-cult practices throughout the region. In the latter, individuals are believed to become possessed by ‘winds’, another name for imperceptible spirits, which circulate between different parts of the region and across the seas from India and East Africa along historic trade routes.
Central to the work is the rattan stick used in possession rituals. The stick functions as a device for negotiating between the worlds of humans and spirits, the body and the wind, material and immaterial exchange. Plate It with Silver includes the process of plating a rattan stick at a silversmith workshop in Sharjah.
This project is made possible with financial support from Mondriaan Fund.
This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 12
Plate it with Silver
Babak Affrasiabi & Nasrin Tabatabai
Co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection
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