june 2016 // tel aviv
 
selected by the bezalel academy of arts, israel to research her project "1001 gazes" - involving kaleidoscopic interventions, mirrors and reflections of the self.

grant awarded by the anglo israel association.
work in progress
 
"the spinning wheel of illumination" - a reflective crystal house - in collaboration with set designer carmine palmentieri

april 2016 // barcelona, spain



"dissolving the gaze,

within, without;

the dissolution of the self,

the longing, the becoming;

the vesica piscis,
 the magical portal,
the looking glass."

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april 2016 // paris, france



samina is awarded 2nd place for the georgia fee residency program in paris. selected from over 300 applicants, her project "a philosophical inquiry into gazing in paris" is shortlisted for the 2 month program.

september - december 2015 // berlin, germany
 
in an apprenticeship at bkk kultur werk, samina studies welding and metalwork under the direction of martin wellmer. she translates her conceptual drawings - gazing, and the image of the self in its multiple reflections, geometrical mutterings - into a series of hexagonal kaleidoscopes. the aluminum structures are lined with various plexi-glass mirrored surfaces and light projections.

november - december 2014 // berlin, germany:


in a guest residency at the tu buhnenbild, berlin, samina studies stage design, scenography and dramaturgy under the mentorship of professor albert lang.
september - november 2014 // ithaca, greece:



in her residency at the ionion center for art and culture, samina continues her work "deconstructing the pilgrimage;" this time exploring a journey through the notion of poiesis. while walking the island of ithaca in 7 days, she remains at the port, sami in kefalonia for 33 days. gazing one at the other. through this process, she investigates mystical states of poiesis and how this experience locates us in understanding the image of the self in its multiple reflections. relating this to the sufi sema ritual, she explores the journey of one’s own transformations,  using the metaphor of the mirror, the silent gaze of oneself in relation to the universal.
june 2014 // jerusalem, israel:

invited to lecture at bezalel academy of art and design. applying her theory on deconstruction, work in sensory theater, while extracting from her extensive travel projects, she devised the workshop  “deconstructing the pilgrimage.”
february 2014 // new york, usa:

“the crystal ball" show
directs “the crystal ball" show, reconstructing a dramaturgy of the crystal express train project. at the intersection of performance, visual art and interactive theater, samina designs a journey capturing some of the sensations, stories and stimulus from the crystal express journey. to provoke the ephemeral narrative, she creates an application process to enter the crystal ball, aimed at triggering self-introspection about connectivity. 300 accepted applicants then entered her deconstructed world, a mysterious journey which began at the pier 11 port and lead them via boat to a secret location.
january 2014 // berlin, germany:

"the crystal express" film
 
release of “the crystal express” short film - a collaboration between samina virani and gandja monteiro - on adidas’ global platforms. the film was awarded full sponsorship by adidas global.
june 2012 // barcelona, spain: 

“the crystal ball” show


co-creates a script of live theater with producer of theater of the senses, carlos calvo, to mark the launch of the crystal express train project. underneath a foundation of festivity and a celebration of disruption, the crystal ball – involving performances, a ceremony, audience participation and a mysterious invitation process - seeked to stimulate new ideas about myth and pilgrimages, and to challenge culturally constructed limits and borders. held at the estacion de francia, the duo created a scenario of play and provocation to enchant its 250 attendees into wonderland.

april 2012 // barcelona, paris, berlin, gyoma, bucharest, istanbul, tel aviv: "the crystal express" train

samina's train project “the crystal express” is awarded sponsorship by adidas. “the crystal express” was a 14 day train journey investigating the nature of connectivity amongst 7 artists, as they travelled across western and eastern europe, starting in barcelona and ending in tel aviv.

june 2011 // barcelona, spain:


participates in “taller intensive” a 10 day workshop at the theater of the senses company, exploring corporal and sensorial communication, the poetics of play and silence and theatrical creation.
june 2011 // barcelona, spain:


invited to lecture at the IED in barcelona about deconstruction, myth and storytelling, and her various research practises.

january 2011 // new york, usa: "smoke"
 
presented a one night narrative exhibition "smoke" at the chelsea art museum. based directly on the conclusions of samina's investigations about time in project “060609,” the show seeked to provoke new conceptions about time, and to challenge the discourses surrounding the way “time keeps us”, and the way “we keep time”. 300 people were allowed to enter “smoke” an interactive experience that induced each attendee to become a time traveler.