There must be something wrong. That was the mutual feeling between Phoebe d’Heurle and Hadi Fallahpisheh when after two years of living together they realized that they had never bought a bar of soap for their apartment. So they decided they needed to talk. After days of talking, they got to the roots of their trouble: When Hadi heard that in 1995, in a suburb of Atlanta, little Phoebe was forced by her mom to put a bar of soap in her mouth after she called her mother a cunt, he couldn't say anything but what the fuck?
! And when Phoebe heard that in 1994, in a small village in Iran, constipated little Hadi had misunderstood his father's directions to use a bar of soap to help the poop come out and went and put it in his butt, she couldn't help but whisper...what a fuck!
For this exhibition, Fallahpisheh and d'Heurle are showing samples of two individual bodies of work that they have been working on. Both artists use photography and sculpture to probe issues of memory, language, identity, and censorship. Fallahpisheh manipulates light, chemicals, and objects to make large scale color photographs that document his performance in the darkroom as he creates images that represent the paradoxes of the human condition with situations in which characters are in the midst of actions that language struggles to describe. D'Heurle's photographs assume the position of both author and subject working as both artist and model, voyeur, and active participant to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of self-portrait, self-expression, and the confines of language and censorship while at the same time incorporating photographic tools needed to professionally reproduce artworks.