a video installation by Negin Sharifzadeh


A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Inspector Sorrow, an exhibition of prints, video and interactive sculptures by Fellowship Artist, Negin Sharifzadeh.

In this new body of work, Sharifzadeh showcases the ephemera of an imagined film, a detective story entangled in quantum-level simulations, stacked up like a layer cake. The viewer is drawn into this entangled narrative—in the future and the present, via a psychotic break or a manipulation of a criminal mastermind — through video, storyboards, soundscapes, props, and faint whispers on an ancient telephone.

Sharifzadeh has built her body of work transforming her painstakingly made stop-motion films into immersive installations. The audience literally walks into her films, surrounded by objects built into and drawn from the film. In Inspector Sorrow, she extends this language into an exploration of the vocabulary of filmmaking itself—particularly the noir and detective stories she is obsessed with—as well as integrating interactive and digital components into her work for the first time. The result is disorienting, emotive, and quite intentionally, mysterious.



Negin Sharifzadeh is an artist, animator, and curator based in Brooklyn. Having grown up in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, she is fascinated by the mechanisms and interplay of natural, emotional, and political systems.

She has explored these themes through the mediums of sculpture and stop-motion animation. Sharifzadeh has had solo exhibitions and performances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Tehran, and has been part of numerous international group exhibitions.

Sharifzadeh’s filmmaking grew out of her sculp- tural practice, bringing constructed pieces to life with stop-motion animation, and often setting them within installations creating physical spaces for the audience to walk into with sculptural work drawn from and inspired by the films. She is increasingly incorporating live-action genre filmmaking and interactive sculptures to further explore storytelling and the themes of her work. Her an- imated films have won numerous awards, including Best Experimental Film at the 2012 Williamsburg Interna- tional Film Festival, Best Animation at the 2012 Crown Heights International Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the 2013 New York 3rd-i Film Awards, and have been shown at numerous festivals internationally. Both her artwork and her curatorial work have been reviewed in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, India Abroad, Pelham Plus, Voice of America and Euronews. She re- ceived her BFA in Sculpture from Tehran University in Iran in 2002, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Performing Arts in 2010.