“Eye Without a Face” I Jennifer Saparzadeh I Artist in Residence 2016

July 11 – July 20, 2016
Hegelgasse 14, 1010 Vienna

Eye Without a Face” was a project by Jennifer Saparzadeh, artist in residence at studio das weisse haus in 2016. 

The 16mm film “Eye Without a Face” traces the closing of Europe’s borders until Idomeni, Greece, where for a period of three months people restricted from entering Europe, and unable to return home, occupied a region of Greek countryside that meets Macedonia. There, barbed wire floods down from border fences, mingling with spring time poppies and grass.

The film is the second in a three part series that confronts the denial of freedom of movement. The series is inspired by a need to reclaim and decolonize the telling of history as it unfolds today. The need to document oppressive spaces and to keep intact the dignity of the people experiencing them. “Eye Without a Face” attempts to visualize exile in search of hope, and the stifling of that hope by systematic oppression.