Farajnezhad uses the time in the residency to develop a workshop and performative piece around the ceramics, to carry them to the city where He meets local artists/activists/actors in Austria as a point of departure to talk about working conditions, forms of producing work with poor material, and recipes for collectivity.
He offers the ceramic pieces that he brings with him to be carried/borrowed by collaborators/interlocutors during the conversation that they are going to have in Hollabrunn/Vienna.
Interlocutors who have confirmed their participation are the following: Gleb Amankulov, Mika Maruyama, Nour Shantout, Alexandra Tatar, and Rojda Tugrul.
The workshops in which the image of the vessel as part of the Mural was reconfigured, were held by Farajnezhad in May 2023, and were hosted partly by the collective exhibition Lacuna Inside a Dumpling at Weserbug Museum in Bremen and the Circa106 project space within the Common_S Knowledge_S residency program. Together with the participants of these two workshops they tackled the image of the vessel
and over-wrote/drew it with sentences like the one that is selected for the title by using markers on paper.
The five pieces that now transformed from paper to ceramics will be carried along to become the “common” to talk about the working conditions as a precariat, to initiate an inter-local dialogue among cultural practitioners that encounter budget cuts, precarity of having no contract as a freelancer, gatekeeping, and other deficiencies on a daily basis.
In the text “Why did I Linger Upon the Vessle the Longest” which was published as a zine namely “Letters, meaning” Aria Farajnezhad writes:There is something captivating about the representation of the vessel that is disturbing alongside the over-representation of European man that is encoded in the over-representation of the technology that was used to subjugate, expropriate, enforce labor, murder, and … I see in the picture the celebration of the trans-Atlantic tobacco trade, and the praise of the ability of mari-technology to reach out, possess, and take advantage, I can not avoid thinking about the transatlantic slave trade, European capital, African labor, American land to supply European market happening between 16th and 19th century.