This work had so far two iterations, one in Seoul and one in Los Angeles.
Seoul: Installation at SeMA Nanji. June 2017.
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Los Angeles: Visual Artists Group Hollywood, Nov. 2017.
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CORDUENE MEDITATION SITE: Meditating on the meaning of territory, nationhood and the trauma of the self, Shamriz re-imagines a 5th century Kurdanaye religious site for healing and appropriates it for contemporary setting within an art gallery. This parallel duality of irony and spirituality is a site-specific variation on the artist’s idiosyncretic cinematic language that often combines these two contradictory elements within the framework of a performative experience. It alludes to travel bans, globalization and surveillance while conveying spiritual simplicity. The visitor signs a contract to avoid witnesses and the truthful sharing of their experience (The only permitted and possible account of the visit is a false one). In addition, a set of three rules determines who is eligible to enter the territory – a person who hadn’t committed murder in the last three years, physical assault in the last month and who hasn’t been in the area of the Western Roman Empire.