Shoja Azari | 2007 | 3 min | Excerpt
Shoja Azari's Odyssey is a man's journey to annihilation. Filmed in an abandoned slaughterhouse in Casablanca, Morocco, it tells with long sequence plans how the human being is destroying himself. Essential, silent, fiery, cold or dark images in the desolate rooms of this place of torture guide Shoja's metaphorical journey into the destiny of humanity.
Shoja Azari was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1958. As a teenager, Azari experimented with short films, and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution involved himself in underground culture – literature, theater, and politics. After moving to New York in 1983, he received a Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University. He met artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat in 1997, and they have developed a body of collaborative work, which includes video installations, short films and a multimedia theater piece.