Anonymous Persian - Circa 2005
The Anonymous Persian, performed by Ardalan Payvar, sat silently at a desk and phonetically copied various news articles in American newspapers about Iran, in Persian calligraphy, untranslated. English, written phonetically, became incomprehensible to both Farsi and English speaking audiences who appreciated the aesthetic beauty of the calligraphy regardless of the content.
Performance/calligraphy performed by Ardalan Payvar.
Part of a collaborative project titled "CrossConnections" - curated by Taraneh Hemami at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco.