"trap", still image form a video by Mozhdeh Sajadi, 2019, courtesy of the artist

"trap", still image form a video by Mozhdeh Sajadi, 2019, courtesy of the artist

The US imposed its first sanctions on Iran a few years before I was even born; I’ve been living through them my whole life. The subject has recently been back in the spotlight, though—reading the news has shown me how sanctions have been normalized, even praised as the "humane" strategy.

Through symbolic, mythologic, literary, and embodied experiences, “Collective Punishment” aims to turn the audience’s attention to the imposition of systematic vengeance on “the other” under the guise of human rights and national security. Artists share their ineffable visceral experiences, and invite the audience to look at the intersection of race, nationality, class, and gender in this so-called humanitarian enterprise.

Artists: Mildor Chevalier, Saba Farhoudnia, Golnaz Goodarzi, Kyle Hackett, Nazli Artemia, Niloufar Keyhani, Woomin Kim, Mozhdeh Sajadi, Artemis Akchoti Shahbazi, and Amir Tabatabaei