Jinoos Taghizadeh: Good Night, 2009. Video, 22:25 min, image courtesy the artist and OtherIS.
Mothers sing lullabies to their children, so they can sleep peacefully. Revolutionary anthems are composed to awaken, to encourage, and to inspire. A child sleeps in a white cradle, which stands on a red floor next to a green wall - the colors of the Iranian flag; the cradle moves like a pendulum, and Iranian revolutionary anthems that had been sung by marching men thirty years ago, are now sung by a female voice, in a slow tempo, like a lullaby. These anthems speak of pain, blood and uprising; of death and martyrdom of the youth, and of rebellion, of passion for freedom and a brighter future; away from darkness and despotism. But the child is peacefully asleep, a long lasting sleep. The revolutionary spirit that was supposed to awaken has put the child to sleep ...the lullaby becomes a cry for awakening.