Pejvak (meaning “echo” in Farsi) is the long-term collaboration between Felix Kalmenson (b. 1987, St Petersburg, Russia) and Rouzbeh Akhbari (b.1992, Iran), whose research-based collaborations have often centred on the countries which fall within the landscapes that have been historically contested by the Russian and Persian Empires. 

Rouzbeh Akhbari is an artist working in video installation and film. His practice is research-driven and usually exists at the intersections of political economy, critical architecture and planning. Through a delicate examination of the violences and intimacies that occur at the boundaries of lived experience and constructed histories, Akhbari uncovers the minutiae of power that organizes and regiments the world around us.

Felix Kalmenson is an artist whose practice navigates installation, video and performance. Kalmenson’s work variably narrates the liminal space of a researcher’s and artist’s encounter with landscape and archive. By bearing witness to everyday life, and hardening the more fragile vestiges of private and collective histories through their work, Kalmenson gives themselves away to the cadence of a poem, always in flux.

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