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Rehana Zaman, Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 22 minutes 46 seconds.

Rehana Zaman

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Rehana Zaman, Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 22 minutes 46 seconds.

Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016, the video work that comprised Rehana Zaman’s recent exhibition, was shown in three segments, presented on two freestanding screens in the ground-floor gallery and projected on a basement wall. The piece takes Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s 1982 experimental novel Dictee—about the author, her mother, Joan of Arc, Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone, and the early-twentieth-century South Korean freedom fighter Yu Guan Soon—as its starting point; the title comes from two lines in the book addressed to the Muse, depicted in Zaman’s nonlinear narrative as an uncanny, digitally rendered female form whose furrowed skin matches the dimpled desert landscape through which she walks.

This first segment starts with a shot of a green cola can lying in this parched terrain, then quickly cuts to a view of Zaman’s digital muse walking toward the

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