The Dock Visual Art Commission
About Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Atoosa Pour Hosseini is a Dublin-based artist, filmmaker, member of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, and co-director of Experimental Film Society. She holds a MA in Fine Art Media from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and a BA in Fine Art Painting from the Azad University of Art and Architecture, Tehran. She has received support for her practice from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, and Dublin City Council. Her works have been shown in galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. Recently presented at the Irish Film Institute (IFI), Dublin; The LAB Gallery, Dublin; 63rd Cork Film Festival; VISUAL, Carlow; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; LUFF, Switzerland; Thai Film Archive, Bangkok; The National Cineteca of Mexico; ANALOGICA SELECTION 7 Italy, in touring program (Bolzano, Milano, Barcelona, Mexico City, & San Francisco) and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. Her work, which is influenced by historical avant-garde cinema, explores questions about illusion, reality, and perception through the media of film, video, performance and installation. She attempts to convey and examine several recurring themes that relate to location, reflection, alienation and her relationship with her surroundings.
She uses an array of formats, including celluloid, digital, painting, light, glass, drawing and scratching on the film to explore layers of space and time, superimposing imagery and creating entrancing patterns of repetition with startling interruption. She intends to exhaust the cinematic potential of the footage by exploring and representing it as a mental site of extreme formalism and sensory experience.
About Atoosa's Commission
" believe self-isolation and quarantine period is one of if not the most important historical event within our modern times. The city feels like a ghost town, airlines are grounding flights, restaurants and other small businesses are closing. This may or may not mean that society must be on continuous lockdown for months, who knows, but people who went through long bouts of quarantine will carry the scars of their experience. I prefer to look at this period is a meditative reflection about our lives and human conditions, I’d like to experiment with this concept and portray audiovisually how time would pass around and through me within this unprecedented stage. I will use digital technology to capture a series of poetic time-lapses addressing the elements such as urban landscape, nature and private spaces mostly recorded between dusk to dawn light condition. They will be lyrical and meditative views with a haiku-like quality. I am hoping this project would instead reflect my philosophical state rather than the facade of reality."
About This Commission
The Dock team was looking forward to working with a number of visual artists this year. As a result of the current circumstances, there is a break in our gallery programme. This means that the visual artists we were to work with are now without the opportunity to exhibit. The team here think long and hard about what and who we programme in the galleries, so have decided to invite the artists who are part of the 2020 programme to submit an idea and approach to developing their work during this Covid-19 lockdown. The Dock has framed this as a small commission, to offer the artists encouragement to keep making work and to continue their connection with us and with you the audience.
We will keep updating this page with images and news and will be posting regularly on our social media channels as work progresses over the next three months.