The Balloon Piece was first presented at Transart Gallery in Brooklyn in 2013. This participatory piece took place over 25 minutes. The audience was asked to take a seat and follow the instructions found on their chairs.
La Pocha Nostra
Performing with La Pocha Nostra at Human Resources, Los Angeles in 2013.
The former Immigration and Naturalization Services offices in Seattle was sold to a private party in 2010. Inscape was an art take over of the building in 2010. With over 25 artists working in various mediums, the project brought over 2500 people to the venue during it's two day run.
Ladan was the co-curater and producer of Inscape. She also presented two pieces of work. INS BUILDING TOURS and MEDITATION IN THE EXERCISE COURTYARD.
"I became a US Citizen in this building in 1995. I gave the INS BUILDING TOURS of the building, mixing my own personal experiences along with historical as well as legendary tales of the building and it's occupants."
"With MEDITATION IN THE EXERCISE COURTYARD, I invited a group of Tibetan Buddhists to engage in Walking Meditation while practicing Tonglen, where one visualizes taking onto oneself the suffering of others on the in-breath, and on the out-breath giving happiness and success to all sentient beings. extending compassion."
On September 11, 2011, to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11, in conjunction with the Seattle Center and the City of Seattle, the International Fountain was activated as the site for meditation, reflection and practice of compassion.
Dangerous Terrorist: Soy Una Terrorista Peligrosa (I am a dangerous terrorist) was a performance piece first mounted at the Puerfor Puerto Performance Art Exhibit in Santiago, Chili in 2006.
Images provided by Puerfo Puerto.
Working Girl was a performative, durational piece first performed in Berlin during Transart in 2013. I swept, mopped, dusted and engaged in cleaning of the gallery space as other artists installed their work during the installation timeframe. The trash gathered were displayed and finally removed without the artists knowledge to the trash dumpsters outside. There were no donations made towards this labour.
The Florist - Film
Written and Directed by Ladan Yalzadeh.
A white gladiola … a black car … a city where you can disappear without a trace.
The Florist is a thriller set in contemporary Tehran, a metropolis both foreign yet chillingly familiar.
Neda, an American woman born in Iran, returns to the land of her birth desperately seeking answers to a mystery that has tormented her family all her life.
With only a scribbled address to follow, Neda grabs a taxi and plunges into the seamy streets of Tehran. As day turns into night, so does this city where hookers, heroin and rock music come out to howl in the face of Islam.
As night falls, she stumbles on a shabby flower shop with the right address. But things are not what they seem. She has blundered into a dangerous realm of power, deceit and fear, where any move could be her last. Just when Neda’s quest seems hopeless, she finds what she is looking for … only to see it slip through her fingers at the last minute.
A project of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and Winner of 2009 Noor Film Festival.
Co-created with Anne Kaneko for the Skirball Cultural Center's permanent collection, this eight-screen film follows the stories of five groups of people living in Los Angeles, expressing their cultural heritage through dance, food, music, religion and fishing.
Hertzog in Hollywood
This sculptural piece was created with found objects around the gallery and assembled while playing/watching Werner Herzog's film, Fitz Carraldo. 2014