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Closing weekend screening

Ashkan Sepahvand: Seeking for Story

For the closing weekend of Monica Sjöö, the film will be screened every hour on the hour.

Presented by Modern Art Oxford


Saturday 24 February - Sunday 25 February

Film


Venue

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Tickets

FREE, just drop in

Performances

10.00am – 5.00pm
*The film will play every hour on the hour

On the closing weekend of Monica Sjöö: The Great Cosmic Mother, the screening Ashkan Sepahvand’s film, Seeking for Story.

The film will be screened every hour on the hour in the basement.

Seeking for Story is a film about how an archive embodies modes of encounter. The archive contains stories written by Ali Mirdrekvandi, a Luri peasant-labourer, and documents his unexpected friendship with John Hemming, a British lieutenant, during the Allied Occupation of Iran in WW2.

Now in the Bodleian Libraries, the archive promises both a curse and a gift. Those who try to master it only find failure. Through a meeting with a scholar, dates with a dancer, and a ritual of performance, a subject seeks to transform history into mystery.

Plan your visit

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Modern Art Oxford is located in central Oxford, close to local transports links.

Tuesday-Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Sunday – 12 – 5pm

Closed Mondays

We offer a range of facilities to ensure we are accessible to everyone.

Full information is available here: https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/visit/access

Speakers


Artist, Writer, Translator and DPhil Researcher in Fine Art
Artist, Writer, Translator and DPhil Researcher in Fine Art

Ashkan Sepahvand is an artist, writer, and DPhil researcher at the Ruskin School of Art. His practice takes time. His work includes publications, performances, and regular collaborations with friends. He is interested in words and bodies.

Website

Artist, Filmmaker and Researcher
Artist, Filmmaker and Researcher

Onyeka Igwe is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. Her work is aimed at the question: how do we live together? Not to provide a rigid answer as such, but to pull apart the nuances of mutuality, co-existence and multiplicity. Onyeka’s practice figures sensorial, spatial and counter-hegemonic ways of knowing as central to that task. She has had solo/duo shows at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2024), MoMA PS1, New York (2023), High Line, New York (2022), Mercer Union, Toronto (2021), Jerwood Arts, London (2019) and Trinity Square Video, London (2018). Her films have screened in numerous group shows and film festivals worldwide, and she will participate in the group show ‘Nigeria Imaginary’ in the national pavilion of Nigeria at the upcoming 60th Venice Biennial. Onyeka has been published in MIRAJ, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media and The Feminist Review. She has a forthcoming chapter in Restitution and the Moving Image: On the Politics and Ethics of Global Audiovisual Archiving published by Amsterdam University Press and a book on the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive due out in 2025 published by Lawrence Wishart. Onyeka teaches at Ruskin School of Art and is a Practitioner in Residence at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Together with Rachael Rakes and Laura Huertas Millán, she is part of a curatorial and research initiative on alternative and anti ethnographies.

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Associate Professor in Human Geography and a Tutorial Fellow in Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography and a Tutorial Fellow in Geography

Sneha Krishnan is an Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford. Sneha is a feminist historical and cultural geographer, whose work asks how emotions underpin projects of racial and gendered difference in the British colonial world. She is currently writing a book on girlhood and domestic modernity in early 20th century India, and has ongoing collaborations on carceral domesticities, creepiness in cultural theory, and queer girlhood. She is an Editor of Gender, Place, and Culture, and holds a British Academy Wolfson Fellowship for her ongoing research.


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