27 Oct-20 Jan 2013. MACBA presents the work of Iranian artists Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi who, in 2011, began collaborating on a series of works inspired by two very different but interconnected 20th century archives.
The first archive, preserved in Britain, belongs to British Petroleum (BP) and relates to the company's origin in Iran between 1901 and 1951, when it operated as the Anglo Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) and discovered the first oil in the Middle East.
The other archive the artists drew from was the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's collection of western art from the late 19th century to the late 1970s.
The results of the artists' investigations is "Seep", an installation comprising video projections, a model, objects and associated images inspired mainly by the two collections. Based in Rotterdam, the artists work both in Iran and the Netherlands.