How We Come How We Go

How We Come How We Go install shot feat. Tahir Karmali (center) and Farideh Sakhaeifar (right)

How We Come How We Go install shot feat. Tahir Karmali (center) and Farideh Sakhaeifar (right)

How We Come and How We Go is a two person exhibition, featuring works by Tahir Karmali and Faride Sakhaeifar, examining the social and physical consequences of borders. 

Karmali’s work looks at the inherent irony of paper’s soft materiality and its use in controlling human movement. A large part of his practice involves making large sheets paper from photocopies of visa documents and passports that are then used as finished works or substrates for drawings and sculptures. Karmali will install a large site-specific, maze-like structure in the center of the gallery made from the mesh used to hang the wet paper as it dries. This installation effectively disrupts the flow of traffic and stresses upon the viewer how paper is used to dictate our movements, both globally and locally. 

Sakhaeifar is an Iranian artist currently based in Brooklyn who examines the trauma and global impacts of the current refugee crises through images. Her series Pending is a collection of stock photos featuring images of families fleeing Allepo, Syria. Sakhaeifar’s use of stock photography stresses how commonplace these images have become and simultaneously illuminates how their prevalence has desensitized the general public to these atrocities. The images in Pending have been edited to remove any trace of the refugee’s bodies, leaving only the objects and materials they carry with them.