In the past week Parvin Peyvandi, a visiting artist and art teacher from Vancouver, Canada has been visiting your schools (Ravenswood, Armstrong, Hancock, and Peck Elementary). Parvin is originally from Iran and brings a beautiful and vibrant connection to her own culture to the students and teachers of Chicago.
In her performance "carpet woman" she invites students to sit with her to consider the history of the Persian carpet and how a piece of fabric can bring us into proximity with each to other to experience closeness. This performative experience has allowed students to talk about racial segregation in Chicago; the act of sitting together to form a connection with each other; what a life long art practice can be like, and much more. Parvin is like a radiant flower in the center of the carpet, emanating love and openness. Like Marina Abramovic's performances which involve a sense of being in connection with each other, Parvin opens up the space for conversation and touching through materiality.
|The invitation to join Parvin on the carpet is extended.|
|First grade students from Armstrong Elementary School are eager to sit close and touch the carpet and Parvin's hair. The little ones are open to more than just sitting. Touching is often a part of being together.|