Hd Video, color/ sound, 03:35 min.
Shahram Entekhabi, Globe: Dance to World Domination. Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator", 2013 (c) Entekhabi
In a video titled Globe (2013), Entekhabi restages Charlie Chaplin's famous scene "Dance to world domination" from the satirical film The Great Dictator (1940). The spatial setting of his performance is reminiscent of a white cube, which Peter Weibel describes as a synonym for the strategies of exclusion of the Euro-American art world and the hegemonic practices of "white art": "In the 'white cube' not only aesthetic deviations, but also the art, values and world concepts of foreign peoples, cultures, races, religions and voices are suppressed." In the Video Globe it is an Iranian artist who occupies the white cube and deconstructs its exclusion mechanisms. The globe – in the video a vulnerable globe in the form of a balloon that is in danger of bursting at any time – is in the hands of the "great dictator". With elegant and at times theatrical movements reminiscent of ballet dancers, Entekhabi tosses the globe and catches it again. Is this a parody of imperialist striving for power and megalomania, similar to Charlie Chaplin's performance? Entekhabi inscribes himself in a "Western" canon of film history and deliberately chooses one of the most famous satires on fascism and National Socialism, Entekhabi's restaging can also be viewed as a critical commentary on current debates about a "Global Art History". It is about questions of the criteria and cartographies of inclusion and exclusion, about the instances and institutions that determine them, and ultimately about how the dichotomies between the "West and the rest" can be broken down in favor of a decolonization of the global art system. At the end of the video, Entekhabi kicks the globe sideways with a resigned, exasperated expression and leaves the scene.
The text is part of the following essay:
Julia Allerstorfer, The West and the Rest? Decolonial and postcolonial perspectives on art and art history, in: Julia Allerstorfer/Monika Leisch-Kiesl (eds.), "Global Art History". Transcultural positioning of art and art history (Linzer Contributions to Art History and Philosophy 8), Bielefeld 2017
Globe appeared at:
XXIII. Rohkunstbau: Die Schönheit Im Anderen | The Beauty Of Difference, curated by Mark Gisborne, 2017, Schloss Lieberose, Lieberose, Germany.
Im Vorbeigehen II/5: "The Atlas Program", solo show, Art at the KTU Linz, Curated by Julia Allerstorfer, October - Februar 2013-14, Linz Austria