These recordings were made in London in October, November + December 2022. They can be read as a response to the anti-government protests ongoing in Iran.
Zara Joan Miller is a British/Iranian artist based in London, England. She is the author of the poetry collection BLUE MONDAY (JOAN Publishing, 2022). Her work has appeared in Fieldnotes journal, Another Gaze, Hotel, MAP, Autograph Gallery, Flash Art, Worms Magazine. Zara’s films often play with movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Screenings include Ann Arbor Film Festival; Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival; Cafe OTO; Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts; and xvvix.com.
Zara co-hosts SHOES with Lia Mazzari on RTM.FM. Each show focuses on a different pair of shoes, the sounds they make and how, once recorded and reheard, they begin to form a political language across time. Research-led, SHOES traces rhythms of human expression across dancing, pedestrian and barefooted cultures with a focus on sounds of resistance.
12.10.2022 [+ 14.10.2020]
Sound: Zara Joan Miller with Caroline Kraabel, John Edwards, Sofia Vasman, Rowland Sutherland recorded 05.12.2022
In the wake of Jina (Mahsa) Amini’s murder at the hands of the Islamic Republic’s morality police on 16 September 2022, SHOES 05 collects sounds from across the subsequent uprising in Iran. With special guest Sanaz Zardosht, we trace rhythms of resistance within early Persian music up to today’s throat-cutting cries for “women, life, freedom”. Protesting feet intermingle with the pre-revolutionary songs our mothers sang. We gather recordings from arrested artists whose contraband songs have become anthems for the uprising. With them, we mourn for the hundreds who have lost their lives, been arrested and tortured in recent months. We listen beyond the nostalgia of pre-revolutionary Iran as it sets the foundation for this fearless generation. Following in the footsteps of their own conviction, we hear a fierce song of transformation in the hope for a future beyond state-controlled violence and oppression.
The second instalment [SHOES 05.5] airs on 8 January 2023 at 8pm (GMT) on RTM.FM
SHOES 05: Mahsa Amini’s Shoes
an email from Patsy Tooth
i still owe her for the boiler
all that hair sweeping the streets
after years of facelifts it was just her time to go.
and the clouds bit
you say stop
out of nothing so I smooth down your
hair apologise for the wind
remember the girl who lost a tooth / brought in a rolled up 50 from the fairy
a name like mine but with a T like
down on mountains like teeth
I scroll past your pellet wounds looking for information
about your pellet wounds
all that hair running
down the drain \