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Sissi Farassat – Hotel Orient

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Sissi Farassat‘s photographs embroidered with threads, sequins and Swarovski crystals first seduce us like the shop window of a jeweller, from which collars and earrings send their glittering rays into the grey everyday life: Instinctively we have to look, attracted like moths by the light. Even if the beads are made of glass and plastic, their sparkle stands for something valuable that outshines profane usefulness. But the artist, who was born in 1969 in Tehran (Iran) and has lived in Vienna since 1978, reflects with her embroidered photographs on the one hand the medium of photography itself, on the other the image of the woman in photography and beyond that also her own origin. Sissi Farassat studied photography under Nan Goldin and Friedl Kubelka and, from the mid-1990s, realized among other works Photographs with Swarowski Crystals, Stitch or Contact Sheet, which are now exhibited in a selection in the Bildhalle under the title HOTEL ORIENT. From 1998 to 2010 she was also editor of the photo magazine SIOSEH. The pictures that Sissi Farassat chooses for her works are mostly autobiographical,...

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