Forest Without Leaves installation is part of long term investigation by Kiarostami into the way we see our surroundings. He believes that we have become accustomed to only look at the detail in nature once it has been framed and placed in a museum environment. Through this installation he persuades the viewer to take a closer look at the world around them.
Produced by Galerie de France and MK2, Sleepers is Abbas Kiarostami’s first video installation, and it first shown on the occasion of the 2001 Venice Biennale. Running 1 hour 34 minutes, the video depicts a man and woman in bed, asleep in the early hours of the morning. As time passes, the city life begins to stir and the ambient sound of traffic and noise on the street gradually increases. The couple’s movements are minimal. The observer is left as a voyeur, yet remains neutral.
Looking at Tazieh is Abbas Kiarostami's take on Tazieh epics, a traditional and popular Shiite mourning rite. Iranian spectators are this video and staged installation's only actors. Kiarostami uses three giant screens to shifts viewers' gazes from the ceremony to the hoards of people and their feelings.
In this simple yet deeply poetic video installation, Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami incites a reflection on life-towards-death, micro-mutations in stillness, and the consciousness of time.