I Thought You Were Dead But You Were Asleep

This video-performance responds to the late Houshang Golshiri’s short story, Massive Explosion. Golshiri was an Iranian fiction writer and critic, he is recognized as one of the most influential writers of Persian prose of the twentieth century. Golshiri was an outspoken political activist for decades, advocating recognition of intellectual freedoms and opposing censorship. Massive Explosion is written in a monologue style, and is in the perspective of a lonely old man speaking to his wife. By the end of his monologue, we realize that his wife is not alive. Massive Explosion touches on many topics; sociopolitical changes, inflation and women’s issues after the 1979 Iranian revolution.