Using surveillance footage of an interior setting, Two Americas Away evokes an unsettling sense of waiting in a space absent of inhabitants and activity. By way of a security system installed in the home of the artist’s grandparents in Iran so that Ariannia’s mother may monitor and look after her own aging parents, we see an intimate, yet removed vantage point proclaiming a loving, yet ruptured means of participating in the lives and well-being of family members from afar. While intended as a means of caring for loved ones in Shahrood, Iran from Los Angeles, the piecealso comments on types of military watch systems monitoring distant subjects, such as Long Range Surveillance units, drones, and satellites, as well as invoking a sense of war-time waiting, as ongoing threats of military action against Iran from the US and Israel persist.
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