Plaster-covered dresses belonging to Hootan’s mother hang from plaster-covered threads at eye level as if, in its liquid form, this material has dripped from above to enshrine and protect the garments.
The small adjacent room, with its low ceiling made of a diaphanous material, houses a family cabinet sanded back to its bare timber. In it are hundreds of family photographs which have been compulsively rephotographed, reprinted and covered with plaster. Emanating from within the cabinet is an indistinct voice speaking in Farsi (Hootan’s native language).
Projected in the main room is a video of Hootan’s mother, walking along the driveway of her rental property, from which she had been recently evicted.
Hootan’s multidisciplinary work is concerned with themes of migration, family and the relationships between loss, memory and compulsion.