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Reza Aramesh at Matthew Bown Gallery
Reza Aramesh, Who is the third that walks beside you? Courtesy of Matthew Bown Gallery, London.

LONDON.- Matthew Bown Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Reza Aramesh, Who is the third that walks beside you? Who is the third that walks beside you? is a meditation on the nature of human identity. It questions the permanence or fixedness of identity and suggests that it is essentially 'performative', or, to use a phrase of Judith Butler's in Bodies that Matter, 'instituted through a stylized repetition of acts'.

The exhibition is composed of three simultaneous video projections. Each projection is onto a screen made of boards that is propped against the gallery wall. One shows Masaki Kato, a professional bagpipe player, who plays his instrument while standing on a traffic island at the junction of Grays Inn Road and Theobalds Road, Clerkenwell. Another presents an interview with Kato in his hotel room as he prepares for the performance. The third is the static-camera image of a sunset at the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland.

Kato is himself a person who made a radical decision about his own identity. Seven years ago, when he was a student of literature in Nagoya, Japan, he had a vivid dream of playing a musical instrument. Only later did he become aware that this instrument corresponded to the Scottish pipes. The dream gave rise eventually to an existential choice: Kato decided to become a bagpipe player. In 2005 he moved to Glasgow to perfect his skills.

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