2017, video, colour and b&w, sound, 22:52 min, language Farsi Dari/English/Dutch with English and Farsi Dari subtitles
‘No King’s Day’ represents the first chapter of the triptych, depicting an insecure and violent contemporary landscape. In current Netherlands, the celebration of King’s Day turns gloomy for an Afghan immigrant family, after they hear the news of a terrorist attack in their mother country and after they experience an unusual way of having fun by hurting others in the Dutch celebration context. What does safety represent in a shifting, commoditized and militarized world? What are the invisible marks of immigration that we fail to address in the West? How can an immigrant person deal with her past? The artwork shows that pain, authority, control and the impulse for violence are common, pre-historic global symptoms that haunt us in both Western and Eastern societies, while joy and hope are still to be found in us and especially in others around us.Film excerpt:
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