In 2012 Kinderdijk project is commemorating its first year of Activity. A year ago, around these days, the opening event for Farborz Farid’s Upside down world took place (28th of may). It basically consisted on a film screening In which different video pieces were presented. There were two main parts in it. The first one (from which the title of the show was taken) can be particularly related to a reflection on the landscape and given the specific location, it could be easily associated to a dialogue with dutch landscape painting tradition. The views are carefully selected, and there is some kind of an atmospheric feeling in the captured images. However, Farid’s “paintings” are painted directly from the location and shifted to an (un)familiar landscape by just a simple gesture enabled by the media he is using:
“When I stepped into the nature around Kinderdijk I tried to make some sketches and one of my first findings, that I stuck to later, was the reflections of the nature onto the water surface. I just turned the camera 180 degrees and filmed another dimension that was still meaningful for “My World Upside Down” – although the reflections pretty much depended on the weather condition”
Fariborz Farid. “My world Upside down”. 2011
At first sight one perceives a landscape and then one has the feeling that there’s something “wrong’’ or strange in it. After that, one and starts to wonder about how the video was made until the eye and the brain get used to the turning of the camera. The video features different scenarios reflected on the water. In some of the scenes the horizon line (which in this case is traced by the water) practically divides the composition in two halves, the “real” half and the reflected one. The reflected one is always above and could make you think of some 16th century’s religious paintings in which the scenes from the supernatural or spiritual world were depicted above the “real ones’’ – El greco’s case for instance- but what is presented here is a question on the concept of reality itself. The scenes are slow and ask for attention and immersion in them. Small things and actions occur within the wide big general landscape view, the subtle movement of a leave, the water, a sound and other details that hold the viewers attention in a constant expectation moment.
The second part of the screening presented a series of animated stories told from a camera. The animation was not made either through software nor the camera itself by stop motion. The characters were objects and cut outs animated directly by Farid’s hands like in a puppet play in which you see the action and movement of the hands that manipulate all. About the animated objects, Farid tells:
“When we all go to the airports before getting to the plane we are asked to show what we have in our pockets or bags – either through x-ray or show it directly to the officers. Each of the things has a meaning to them with a certain amount of function. For me all the things I carry with me can be a part of a story. In the second video I have tried to document myself and the part of my conventional identity”
The stories use a simple language though they often make use of metaphors and relate to every day stories, moments or reflections by making use of fictional imagery and situations.
Fariborz Farid. Another Story from “My world Upside down”. 2011