Productive Frustration

Experimental | Short | 13 min 24 sec

Productive Frustration is a short experimental film investigating an artists’ ongoing, everyday, both conscious and subconscious struggle to remain creatively productive in an exasperating atmosphere that has robbed her of certain sociopolitical conditions that used to define her artistic practices. To be more specific: I am scrutinizing my own position as a politically engaged Iranian filmmaker, or a political activist whose main tool of expression is audiovisual medium.

Combining different mediums, different textures and different means of expression such as stop motion animation, video, 16mm film, still images and voiceovers, Productive Frustration juxtapose thoughts and memories of both examined and unexamined past, present, and possible future.

About the Artist

Tara Najd Ahmadi

Born in Tehran, Tara Najd Ahmadi has a MA in Motion Picture Directing and an MFA in Time-Based Media. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She has received awards including the Norman Art Council’s Individual Artist Award (2011), the Madeline Collaborate Fellowship (2009 to 2012) and the 2009 OVAC Momentum Spotlight Honorarium. Tara has exhibited in Tehran, Croatia, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Tucson, Albuquerque, Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Kansas City.



Tara Nadj Ahmadi


Jurij Meden

Friday, February 24, 2017

University Museum


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