Sahar Homami — fanaa
Fanaa (فنا fanā) is a mystical concept (in Sufism), meaning "passing away" or "annihilation" (of the self): to die before one dies. This audiovisual storytelling is inspired by a chapter from “The Conference of the Birds”, by 12th-century Persian Sufi poet, Attar. This chapter is called “the valley of true poverty and absolute nothingness” which is the final of the Seven Valleys and the furthermost state that a salek (wayfarer) can reach. This audiovisual storytelling poetically mixes sound and visuals into the experience of fanaa. fanaa represents a breaking down of the individual ego and a recognition of the fundamental unity of all that exists within the individual self. The audience experiences an abstract rendition, travelling through 4 stages of arrival, dissolution, nothingness, and re-birth, in order to pass through this valley.
Sahar Homami is an audiovisual artist/programmer, calligrapher and researcher from Tehran, based in Berlin and Montréal.
Their background and approach is multidisciplinary and experimental, driven by combining art, technology, philosophy, and mysticism. Their artistic practice assumes different formats while maintaining a strong anchor on storytelling and real-time generative art, calling it live poetic cinema.
Homami’s artistic interest is motivated by great emphasis on concept and content, which goes under critical research. They strive to push the boundaries of perception and consciousness, to expand our art of seeing. To Homami, seeing spans knowledge, art, ethos and politics. The art of seeing is the art of being human.
Their work has been presented at international festivals and conferences including MUTEK Montréal (2020), Abuja Art Week(2020), DAVE(2020), Tehran Contemporary Sounds(2019), Summerworks (2018), Berlin Music Video Awards (2018) and Generate!_lab(2018) amongst others.