I Wanna Tell You a Small Secret
This video is juxtaposed with another video, also shot in central London. Here, the cliché of James Bond, is re-performed in London’s Trafalgar Square through my engagement with a street performer from Eastern Europe. At one level, the video, entitled I Wanna Tell You a Small Secret resonates with the question raised in "I am a Team Player" regarding migrants’ labour and their everyday life within the network of London economy.
At another level, the work brings up the subject of the culture industry.
People who consume mass culture take up clichés provided by this industry and try to reproduce them. These clichés that can be stereotypical answer for job interviews, or recreational movies like James Bond. There is also a third layer in the video of James Bond, which I like. Guided by the street performer, at the end of the video, we both get to a perfect pose for a photograph. In this sense, apart from documenting a performance, the video also represents the creation of a ‘staged photograph’.
My video strives for the integrity and comedy of working with real people, not actors.
Immigration is an important social issue for contemporary Iranians. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, immigration has become very common and popular. In the past 35 years a large number of artists have moved out of Iran. In the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election, we witnessed a second round of mass immigration of the intelligentsia from Iran.
The following pictures show a few screen-shots of this video art.
Omid Salehi – 2015
In this booklet I’m going to share the conversations I had with my landlord over 5 months. Dealing with him showed me the real life in the UK. Not the one that you read in books or see in movies. An unofficial but true experience.
This video shows my passport picture. And it depicts how irritated i get when I am at a passport control and get bombarded and interrogated with thousands of un-related questions.
This work compares a child's exciting attempts to acquire fundamental skills to my own struggles with learning basic necessities to cope with the new world.
Here, the cliché of James Bond, shot in London, resonates with the question about migrants’ labour and their everyday life.
In this video I wanted to show the complicated network of power relationships that an ordinary migrant falls into when s/he comes to the west.
Sound & Photography
A close look at Soho brothels: "Their rooms were colourful and intimate — yet still the scenes of rough, cold sadness."
A blend of my life in Iran and Britain depicted in a virtual trip by Google Maps.
"Being a child on the front line, surrounded by a heavy military presence, was surreal. Like many teenage recruits there, I didn’t fear the war..."
A group video installation about censorship: this project was inspired by a small collection of unfinished Michelangelo paintings, on display at the National Gallery.
A self-narrative about the quest to find a new home.
Facebook stories of the Iranian diaspora.
While many people immigrate their roots remain untouched. This project is about people who have a fractured live torn from their loved ones.
A journey into the last days of a most courageous girl, who fought her brain tumour, right to the end.
Walking along any street, there’s a chance of an eye watching you from behind a two-way mirror, or a doorbell camera. All of a sudden your privacy is gone.
The lives of truck drivers are hard: they long for homeliness — which they try to create through images of celebrities, and verses from the Quran, etc.
Many people pose in front of these, clearly unrealistic collages of the Imam Reza Shrine, as a souvenir of their pilgrimage.
A journey to south of Iran where sugar cane workers burn the canes before harvesting them. They cut the cane with a sharp sickle and frequently injure themselves.
A dancer who was prisoned for two years after the Islamic Revolution founded a private dance after she was freed.
An after effect of Iran-Iraq war the was portrayed in the life of a soldier who spent his last 18 years of life in a coma.
A glimpse of a cleric's daily life in Iran who was the religious teacher of young "Talebs" (students).
"Champion mother" was tattooed on Bahram's arm. A street boy who was forced to go to the streets and perform acrobatic techniques to provide for the family.
She takes the boat all the way into the heart of the sea, sits quietly in her boat, she pulls up her net and takes her daily ration.
These homeless children in Shush Square, one of the most deprived regions in Tehran, snatched watermelons from moving vans.
Vaccination was my first series from 1990, when I was still 17. Its concept and mission were to showcase children’s pain, via their mothers’ faces.
Iranian men must spend two years to fulfill the compulsory military service and they have stories to tell for the rest of their lives.
The life of mentally ill in Salami Village in Shiraz. Some patients died because of infections caused by eating their own faeces.
All images Copyright © Omid Salehi