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Monument of Distance
© Azar Saiyar
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Azar Saiyar

SON

Johannes Vartola

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Azar Saiyar

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

AV-arkki - The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus

La très populaire chanteuse iran-azerbaïdjanaise Googoosh chante une version d’Ayriliq (Séparation). La représentation vient d’une émission TV des années 70, qui a été copiée maintes fois d’une cassette à l’autre.

Googoosh, a popular and loved Iranian-Azerbaijani singer, performs a version of the song Ayrılıq – Separation. The performance is from a 1970s television show and it has been copied several times from one videotape to another. Ayrılıq could be a love song but it is told that composer Ali Salimi (who as a young man had to leave Soviet Azerbaijan, move to Iran and leave many of his loved ones behind) wanted to make music about his sense of longing.
I was searching for another song when I found this performance on YouTube. I could watch the video again and again and try to get a deeper understanding of it. I could use the performance as a mirror for the part in me that is of Iranian and Azeri origin. I could compare my sense of longing with the degraded video image and the lyrics of the song. And in my eyes the found video grew into a monument of distance – a presentation of diaspora, disconnection, images, memory and mixed identification.

Distinctions