[artinfo] Come Fly With Me

shahram entekhabi sh at entekhabi.org
Fri Sep 2 17:43:07 CEST 2005

Come Fly With Me

Start Date: 9/1/2005
End Date: 10/15/2005


- tank.tv embarks on an exploration of contemporary holiday morality

2 short films

- The video "Off the shore" shows images of tourists slowly walking 
by on the beach. The camera observes their bodies and beach fashion, 
constellations between couples and human relations. In this touristic 
idyll, there is nothing disquieting or dangerous.
The images were taken on the beaches of the Canary island of 
Fuerteventura. Each year 1.5 Mio of tourists from the North visit the 
island. At the same time, a large number of refugees from Marocco and 
from Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Mali tries to get over the 160 
kilometers from the Atlantic coast of Marroco to the island -  in 
order to get refugee status in the European community. Many refugees 
drown during this attempt to reach European territory. The beach 
scenery is accompanied by a text line, similar to the one in news 
programs on TV, that informs us about numbers, dates, countries of 
origin and place where found dead or where missing of the numeourous 
refugees in this region.
  The video "Off the Shore" is combined with the presentation of a 
photo series of North European tourists taken on the Canaries. The 
invasion of tourists to Fuerteventura and the 
South-to-North-migration are happening at the same time. But the 
often tragic fate of the refugees remains almost invisible whereas 
the Northern invaders also visually penetrate the island.

- White Trash , by Iranian artist Shahram Entekhabi, compiles 
photographs of tourists holidaying in Lanzarote. Through an 
accumulation of images, Entekhabi comments on how the island has been 
invaded by pale, overweight, poorly dressed tourists, juxtaposing 
them with pictures of the hundreds of African refugees who 
continually attempt to cross the 160 kilometres of sea from Morocco, 
despite the very real possibility of drowning.

Other participating artists included: Doug Fishbone, Judith Goddard, 
Ben Moore, Stock Exchange

Website: http://www.tank.tv

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Currently on tour with the After Dark events through the UK, tank.tv 
is seen by a growing audience. Stopping last month in Manchester and 
Birmingham, tank.tv presented a fantastic collection of artists 
including our first comissioned pieces. A purpose built "Confession 
Booth" enabled the audience to show us their dark side.
For more information please visit www.ad05.com
After Dark is to be continued in September 2005.
In August 2004 tank.tv held a month long exhibition at the ICA 
Digital Studio. Moving images made by over 100 artists were exhibited 
on computers, flat screens, and a series of projections.


shahram entekhabi
url: www.entekhabi.org
mailto: sh at entekhabi.org


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