Ride the Caspian
Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan) and Bahar Behbahani (Iran/USA) present Ride the Caspian (2011) a two-channel video installation that creates a dialogue between Kazakhstan and Iran, two cultures situated at the crossroads of the Middle East and Central Asia, adjacent to one another and bound by the strategically significant Caspian Sea.
Behbahani as an artist who migrated to the US in 2002, has been tapping into transnational issues in her videos, photography projects, as well as her paintings. She has been examining land, extraction, water, and women’s body presentation in her works such as the two-channel video, Ride the Caspian which she collaborated with renown artist from Kazakhstan Almagul Menlibayeva.
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Installation View, Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2011
Two channel video installation with surround sound; digital photographs mounted on wall; oil barrells.
Installation View, 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations, Sydney, Australia, 2012
Exhibition location: Cockatoo Island — a World Herritage-listed former shipyard and prison located within the Sydney Harbour.