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The Black Eyes of Bruce Lee
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Behzad Khosravi Noori

The black eyes of Bruce Lee is an investigatory film essay about searching for a missing Bruce Lee statue in the divided city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the one hand, the film presents a brief history of the war in Yugoslavia during the early 90s. On the other, it follows the problematics of cultural purity and political dichotomy within the post-war situation in the city of Mostar. The film is based on the public act of temporarily returning the Bruce Lee statue to the public park for a day. 

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video & Generic SD-video
Duration 00:27:49
Language English
Color Color+bw
Sound Stereo
Year 2012
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About the artist

Behzad Khosravi Noori

Behzad Khosravi Noori, Ph.D is an artist, writer, educator, playgrounder, and necromancer. His research-based practice includes films, installations, as well as archival studies.

His works investigate histories from The Global South, labor and the means of production, and histories of political relationships that have existed as a counter narration to the east-west dichotomy during the Cold War. By bringing multiple subjects into his study, he explores possible correspondences seen through the lenses of contemporary art practice, proletarianism, subalternity, and the technology of image production. He analyses contemporary history to revisit memories beyond borders, exploring the entanglements and non/aligned memories. Behzad Khosravi Noori uses personal experience as a springboard to establish, through artistic research, a hypothetical relationship between personal memories and significant world events between micro and macro histories. His works emphasize films and historical materials to bring the questions such as what happens to the narration when it crosses the border? What is the future of our collective past? In his practice, he reflects upon the marginalia of artistic explorations in relation to art, the history of trans-culturalism, and global politics.

His ongoing artistic research project, The landscape of Imagination, analyses archival photographs captured with a camera known in the Urdu language as the “Soul Catcher” in relation to backdrop painting in the context of the Global South.
The search to propose a transdisciplinary practice point to the complexity of the subject and context of the inquiry and how substructures perform in creating connections between seemingly irreconcilable arenas and forms of urban life and its transnational characteristics.

Khosravi Noori’s works have been shown at Kalmar Museum, Malmö art Museum,
Venice Biennale,Timișoara Biennale, Ural industrial biennale, 12.0 Contemporary Islamabad, Tensta Konsthall, Sakakini art institution Ramallah Palestine, HDLU Zagreb, WHW Zagreb, Botkyrka Konsthall, CFF (Centre of Photography, Stockholm), Marabouparken, Stockholm, Centre of Contemporary art, Riga, Arran Gallery Tehran, among other venues.
He is a member of the editorial board of VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research.

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