Stacy Arezou Mehrfar is a visual artist working across photography, video and bookmaking.
Her photographs and video installations have been exhibited at TEDx, Ethan Cohen KuBE, ClampArt, ICP, Australian Centre of Photography, and Obscura Festival. She is the recipient of the Australian Post Graduate Award, Arts New South Wales Grant, and the National Association for the Visual Arts Grant.
Her second photobook, The Moon Belongs to Everyone, published by GOST Books, was released in Spring 2021. Stacy is faculty at ICP and School of Visual Arts.
Publisher: GOST Books (2021)
Video: A Collective Performance TEDxSydney 2018 (Youtube)
The Moon Belongs to Everyone by Stacy Mehrfar, is a response to the contemporary experience of migration – of shifting continents and mindsets. A multi-layered visual narrative set in a non-locatable landscape, the book reflects upon the loss of roots, and search for belonging in the wake of immigration.
“I emigrated just after my 30th birthday. In Australia, the color of the flowers, the warm yellow of the sun, the oddly shaped trees were enchanting at first. But as time passed, I felt lost, in limbo. As an immigrant, my understanding of place, my sense of personal identity, even the impressions of my memories had shifted. Home became a place between here and there. I began to visually explore this sensation, making photographs in Australia and the United States.”
By The Way
inni is either the first-ever sigur rós live album, or second live film (and follow up to 2007’s acclaimed iceland tour film heima). filmed at alexandra palace over two nights by director vincent morisset (arcade fire’s ‘miroir noir’), the movie ‘inni’ could best be described as the anti-‘heima’. whereas that film took a band about whom the world knew little, and placed them in the cultural, social and geographical context of their homeland, (with winning and humanising results); the new film strips away everything save the raw performance of the four musicians themselves. where ‘heima’ was widescreen and open, ‘inni’ is close and single focussed.
Book Specs: The Moon Belongs to Everyone by Stacy Arezou Mehrfar published by GOST Books (2021) | 165 x 225 mm | 112 pages | 32 full colour images and 25 images printed silver on uncoated black paper | Hardback, Swiss bound | 978-1-910401-35-4. Available here.