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How to Climb to the Top of Success
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Behzad Khosravi Noori

This film presents a brief history of Zagreb Film and Zagreb animation school with regard to the means of production, artistic influences, and political conditions of Yugoslavia, stuck between the Eastern and Western blocs during the cold war. The film covers animation production in Zagreb from 1951 to the beginning of the Professor Balthazar series in 1967. Through interviews and archive material, we meet film and animation scholars as well as pioneers in the Zagreb school for animated films.

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:45:16
Color Color+bw
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
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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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