Media room/ Archive / Research
Tropical Modernism (23’) is a film about the Iranian left. Dr. G. Rahati, the main character of the film, at one point seems to take control over Zolghadr’s camera, and decides to film himself as remembering the short history of the Iranian socialism. Iranian socialism has become a mass movement for a short period until, soon after the 1979 revolution, it came to an abrupt end; in the 80s almost 20000 activists were executed without a trial. The film is an attempt to portray the one time militant without heroizing him or his comrades.
Tirdad Zolghadr is a freelance writer and curator based in Berlin. He writes for frieze, Parkett, Bidoun and other publications, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. Zolghadr has curated events in a wide range of venues, also co-curating the international Sharjah Biennial 2005. He`s a founding member of the Shahrzad art & design collective, and has just published his first novel Softcore with Telegram Books London. Writing and curating aside, Zolghadr filmed and directed the documentaries Tehran 1380 (with Solmaz Shahbazi), winning the Young Filmmaker`s Award of Duisburg 2002, and Tropical Modernism, which premiered at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2006. Zolghadr has taught in a wide variety of venues, currently teaching at CCS, Bard College.
Dittrichova 9, Prague
introduction by Zbyněk Baladrán
The lecture will be held in Czech language.
The screening is a part of the educational program Media room/ Archive / Research