“Medium of Exchange” Sheida Soleimani

Medium of Exchange

Sheida Soleimani
2018 / 34:00 min / HD video

With her series Medium of ExchangeSheida Soleimani examines how oil is interchangeable with currency and the corruption at the center of the petroleum industry. The film is a piece of absurdist theatre that utilizes mayhem and anxiety over wholly serious facts ripped from public speeches. On meticulously hand-crafted sets, Soleimani weaves real news and transcripts into a scripted sadomasochistic carnival where the rich get richer, as powerful figures dominate formidable colleagues. Between these powerful men gender and sexuality is both embellished and rendered fluid as a soap opera of love and sexual desires are at odds with backdrops of oil fields and refineries that dot the landscape of the resource-rich region. Actresses and actors wearing masks of each leader perform stereotypes of masculinity and femininity, but in the end each of their fetishes return to money.



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