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Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood

'Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood' means 'one was there, one was absent’ in Farsi. It’s a phrase used to begin a story, similar to ‘once upon a time’. 

This solo exhibition by Hootan Heydari explores the compulsion to return to the past. Returning to the past can be an act of resistance against historical erasure and a mode of cultural preservation.  

Born in Tehran, Heydari and his family left Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Evoking Iran in 1979, Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood includes reproductions of family photographs, images of the Islamic revolution and symbolic materials such as plaster (healing), pistachios (the social act of passing time together) and gold (both consumerism and inequity). 

'Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood' is presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022.

Suitable for

This exhibition includes low-level lighting, which may be disorienting for audiences with low vision. 

This exhibition includes video and sound content. Because of the varied sensory experience on display, this exhibition may be a difficult environment for visitors who experience sensory overload. 


Counihan Gallery
Phone: 03 9389 8622

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This exhibition is in Gallery 2.