2 minutes (loop), 2018
In the wake of Trump’s muslim ban, I examined my mother’s camcorder footage taken during my visit to Iran in 2009, the first and last time I visited my parent’s home country. Presented as a series of vignettes, Mother’s Tongue is a rotoscoped animation consisting of over 800 hand painted frames, a meticulous attempt to reclaim, remember and editorialize the only connection to my Iranian passport.
One does not have to understand the context or words that are spoken in the familial moments depicted— these are universal experiences. However, to a farsi-speaking audience it discloses a second meaning: the vignettes reveal instances of misunderstanding and miscommunication, emphasizing an obvious cultural barrier between the children depicted and the space they exist in.