Shirin Sabahi: Pocket Folklore
Edith-Russ-Haus & Roma Publications, 2019
This book revolves around ‘Matter and Mind’ by Japanese artist Noriyuki Haraguchi, permanently installed at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art since the museum’s inauguration in 1977. The sculpture consists of a steel basin filled with used engine oil. Visitors gradually started throwing coins and other things into the pool over time, turning it into an unwilling wishing well. Forty years on, Shirin Sabahi invited Haraguchi to restore his pool. The book includes a previously unpublished booklet by the museum’s first chief curator, which follows the logic of the project, where Sabahi’s films, Haraguchi’s sculpture, and the sunken objects it holds sequentially encase one another.