Saffron Diary

Jenna Shamoon (Curator), Maria Won (Assistant Curator)

Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Centre, York University, 2019

"Saffron Diary" was an ongoing performance piece about the workings and poetics of Persian cuisine. I wanted to embody the concept of creation by writing my daily emotions and experiences on grains of rice. The props include saffron ink, rice, and microscope - which was able to film and live-stream the process in social media while I was working. For two seasons of fall and winter 2019 during my art residency at York University, I worked diligently at a desk, used a magnifying glass for hours upon hours, and slowly wrote my diary on massive amount of rice, things like the music I was listening, dinner I needed to cook, my dreams and prayers, etc.. The audience had the chance to view the progress online and in the gallery for a couple of months, By doing this performance installation project, I wanted to paying homage to all women who in their life trying create joy out of their routine and ordinary practices.

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