Éclipse, 2015, animation video – extract , Courtesy of the artist
Born in Teheran (Iran). Lives and works in Montreal (Quebec).
Leila Zelli is completing her MFA in Arts visuels et médiatiques at UQAM. Having lived through the war and imposed religion as a child in Iran, she attempts to question the connection between war and religion. With in situ digital installations, she creates visual and sound experiences that provoke reflection on the state of the world.
Zelli uses existent media images and videos found on the Internet to create visual and sound experiences that provoke reflection about the promises of religion and its actual impact on humanity. The paradox of life in countries at war particularly interests her. The people there oscillate between the immense bleakness that terror creates and small moments of joy or hope, between the violent acts of destruction and the will to survive, to live. Any interpretation of images depends on our point of view, on our experience in life, on our beliefs, our desire to see and even on our wish not to know about what is happening.