All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes brings together new iterations of Haig’s long-term research surrounding surveillance strategies in public space, and includes a new presentation of the eponymous video essay. There, Haig opens up reflections upon the use of light to spot, invigilate and make visible; as well as its use as a tool to divert attention. Tracing the public administration of light and darkness as a policing strategy, the work focuses as much on where light is shed as on what is purposely left in the dark.
A first iteration of the exhibition was presented at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 2021.
Haig Aivazian (b. 1980) lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Working across a range of media and modes of address, he delves into the ways in which power embeds, affects, and moves people, objects, animals, landscape, and architecture. Haig has explored apparatuses of control and sovereignty at work in sports, museums, and music. Haig’s multi-faceted practice is animated by research and an eye toward the productive potential of chance connections. His works are often framed by what he calls “narrative conductors”—such as fire, electricity, or sports—which become means to draw out the interplay between technology, subjectivity, and structures of control.