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Laleh Khorramian’s Water Panics in the Sea is the fourth in a series of films by the artist that is based on the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and ether. The film follows a sea vessel as it traverses the ocean waters through an accelerated and indistinct chronology. The hallucinatory and oneiric voyage of bizarre landscapes and occurrences explores the dichotomies of the artificial as real and the real vs. the imagined. Khorramian combines stop-motion animation, magnification of her monotypes, along with collages and live-action film. The soundtrack, created through a similar process of layering, sampling and selecting, creates a theatrical framework that underscores the epic, the absurd and the seemingly invisible.
Laleh Khorramian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She lives and works in New York. In 1997, Khorramian received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to earn an MFA from Columbia University, New York, in 2004. Khorramian’s animations resemble paintings that are experienced temporally. With each piece, a story unfolds in an elaborate fantasy realm that is at once as theatrical and cinematic as it is painterly. Khorramian’s work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, in 2007; the 2nd Moscow Biennial in 2007; and the group exhibition Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center. Her short animation, I Without End, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 in the New Frontier Shorts section. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Agnes Martin Award.