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ojos que no ven
HD video
3.30 min
2009

Voice: Shirin Mozaffari.



“Ojos que no ven” explores the emotional tension created by the intention and expectation of seeing/knowing and the frustration of the impossibility of reaching that goal. It is thus a work built in a paradox: from looking at an eye in its raw closeness to denying the possibility of reaching it as an object of desire. From seeing to being blind.

The title refers to the Spanish saying “ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente”, in English “what the eye sees not, the heart craves not”. From that premise, the video intends to create a tension between a voice that talks exhaustively about eyes, and a image that denies eye confrontation, between the idea of looking and the impossibility of actually seeing the eyes.

The text read by the voice is composed by alternated paragraphs of two sources: “Of Hinting With The Eyes” by Ibn Hazm (1022), and “Confessions” by St. Augustine of Hippo ( AD 397). Ibn Hazm writes about the use of the eyes as a social tool in a romantic and physical manner. It is a sensual, positive and joyful text that speaks to the human nature of desire. On the contrary, Saint Augustine’s text develops his concept of the "the lust of the eyes", where the eyes act as sinful attractors of visual and ephemeral pleasures that confuse our attention and reason.

In turn, the image denies everything the text announces, and confronts the viewer with a face with no eyes, eyes like walls –impossible to go through-, or eyes that look out of frame -which will never return our gaze-. The main intention of the video is to build a tension between the idea of looking and the impossibility of actually seeing the eyes. The image is then built in our imagination through the spoken words and confronted with the shown image. I want to transmit the desire of looking through the stimulation of other senses or sensors, and make the viewer reflect about the primary role sight plays as our main way of perceiving, measuring and relating with the world.

The title is a popular saying that radically considers that feeling is directly related to sight and what is seen, in opposition to what is remembered, being told or read. I am not taking a position with the use of this sentence, but I am using it as an activator for the reflection and reconsideration of our dependence upon the sense of sight and its social repercussions.


Shown at:

Region 0, The Latino Video Art Festival of New York, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU, (New York) May 16-18 2013
8th Leandre Cristòfol Art Biennal, La Panera (Lleida, Spain) Jan 10 - April 28 2013
LG Space,Chicago (USA). September 2nd-23rd 2010