gb agency, Paris
February 4 - March 11, 2023
The Trapped Lullabies is a nursery rhyme replayed by Tirdad Hashemi in her solo show at gb agency. It is a song from her childhood one sings while mourning a loved one. The setting of a prison cell is set, the injustices in Iran today recall those experienced by loved ones; the artist’s memories, even more intimate, resurface. The exhibition tells of the muted violence of a brutal, absurd and limitless power in the face of the revolt of an unarmed people.
The Trapped Lullabies is built from a letter addressed to the artist’s mother evoking a history repeating itself in the country but also the traces that it leaves today for each individual: fear of being locked up in a prison in Paris or in communal life in Berlin; the anguish of reliving police and domestic violence; guilt of being far away, of not being in the right place in a time of social crisis.; the need to give voice and presence to those who have been humiliated and destroyed on abandoned canvas or paper.