We were so excited to reconnect with AMES past participant Sepideh Saii, who participated in Peer Perspectives in 2001 prior to a rich career as a internationally exhibited artist and filmmaker.
In the moments just before her due date, Sepideh Saii was generous enough to meet with us to discuss her past experience at AMES. While attending AMES as a student she was also studying at Emily Carr and at the outset of a successful career as a well respected filmmaker and artist.
Sepideh Saii’s films and videos have been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, and Japan. She recently exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, UK (2014) as part of The Voice and the Lens festival. Saii teaches film production at School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. In 2003, she received a BMA in Integrated Media from Emily Carr University and an MA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art (UK) in 2009. Currently, she is a proud mama to a beautiful two month old boy named Luca!
Below you can see a more recent work by Sepideh entitled Behind the Scene. Behind the Scene (4min 21sec) is a two channel video installation that features footage from the 2007 film, La Vie en Rose, the hollywood portrait of Edith Piaf. As part of the short piece, a young woman is seen intently watching and listening to ‘Piaf’ being called from her dressing room to perform on stage. When ‘Piaf’ finally exits her dressing room, after much coaxing, so does the real star of Behind the Scene, presumably Saii herself. At this point our leading lady enters the second video channel to stand in front of what is revealed to be a projection of La Vie en Rose, masking Piaf both visually and in audio, by singing her own estranged tune.