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“Khal” Exhibition Opening Peformances

- By Paula Booker (Programme Developer, Auckland)

Khal, an ongoing project begun by Helga Fassonaki in Tabriz, Iran, is currently being exhibited at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Auckland.

Fassonaki sent sixteen sculptural scores abroad, for sixteen female artists to interpret and perform publicly in response to a ban on female solo performances in Iran. Three Auckland artists then re-interpreted the scores in performances at the Khal exhibition opening on November 18.

The evening’s performances were:

  • 8 Pillars, originally received by Rachel Shearer and Ducklingmonster, performed live at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by Piece War / Live Visuals by Cutss 
  • Hypocrisy, originally received by Angeline Chirnside, performed live at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance 
  • Hum Hum Hum Hum Hum, originally received by Purple Pilgrims, performed live at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by  Liz Maw
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“Hypocrisy,” performed by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance.

 

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“Hypocrisy,” performed by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance.

 

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Guitar set up ready for Piece War, in front of “8 Pillars” video projection.

 

Helga explaining the films and music scores to the audience.
Helga Fassonaki explaining the films and music scores to the audience.

 

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From left to right: Ziggy Lever (filmmaker, artist and co-director of RM gallery, K Rd); Tina Pihema (musician, designer and Tautai Trust administrator); Helga Fassonaki (musician, artist and project curator of “Khal”); and Andrew McLeod (painter and musician).

 

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Liz Maw performing “Hum Hum Hum.”

 

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“8 Pillars,” performed by Piece War.

 

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“Hypocrisy,” performed by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance.

 

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“Hypocrisy,” performed by Hermione Johnson and Zahra Killeen Chance.

 

Learn more about Khal here.

 

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