In a Media Alert dated Feb. 25, 2016, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County announced that from February 27 through March 26, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth, Fla., will present a solo exhibition of the work of Raheleh T. Filsoofi who received her MFA in ceramics from Florida Atlantic University in 2014.
As stated in the Media Alert by the Cultural Council, Raheleh Filsoofi’s work “The Imagined Boundaries” is an installation which utilizes sound and video and the spaces created by wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes. The arrangement compels the viewer to explore the idea of imagination and reality in three dimensions. What is real and what is not? How do we know what we know? The system is a metaphor for the communities into which our society is organized, a labyrinth of closed spaces where people of different nature and culture struggle to interact and communicate. From gated communities to less physical, cultural boundaries, our society is rife with boundaries, obstacles in space and comprehension for those that have been here for a long time and those that have just arrived. The installation brings to the fore the confusion that can arise in such circumstances. It is a vision of human existence in which the constitution of identity, the notion of the self, the misunderstanding of otherness, are all part of an individual’s daily experience. Each box is a zone of control or abandonment that the viewer is trying to cross. There is a contrast between what the viewer sees first and what he or she is able to discover inside through video and sound. On the one hand, the installation functions as organized chaos, while on the other it creates opportunities for the viewer to cross boundaries.
About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:
The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.6 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education, and provides capacity building training and advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Source: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County