Toba Khedoori

Toba Khedoori

Toba Khedoori

Toba Khedoori


"Untitled" (Seats) by Toba Khedoori: Four Takes

1
If the places where we sit could ever get free of us,
it is here they would live, here
where the long rows of silence begin. Goodbye
to use and the boredom of purpose. Now is the time
when the last sitter has filed out and the hugeness
of afterwards begins.

2
Leave out the people.
Leave out the walls.
Leave out the floor.
Leave out the need
to stop or start.
Leave out the need
for any need at all.
Stand still and give
your sadness a name,
a place to rest, to be
lined up in rows.
To be seen, truly
seen, that's all
sadness ever needs.

3
I was wrong. It's not about sadness at all. This time when I look what I see is everything in its place, the way my mother always wanted my room to be. What a relief to see a thing so complete in itself, a thing that needs nothing from me. Here is a room forever picked up. Don't even think of sticking your gum under one of these seats.


4
This time I see a nightmare
unmoored at last from its dreamer
and floating free of its need
to frighten. Here in space
it is not fear that takes away
our breath, but loneliness.
Row upon row of an emptiness
  as calm as the steady
  going away always happening
inside us. Who can count it,
  who can name its shadowed ways,
row upon row of them?
  The thousand different ways
to say the simplest word of all: goodbye.

      -Jim Moore


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© Jim Moore and Walker Art Center. For reference only, not to be reproduced without permission. "Untitled" (Seats) by Toba Khedoori: Four Takes was commissioned by the Walker Art Center in association with the exhibition Toba Khedoori. This exhibition, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, was on view at the Walker from August 10-November 2, 1997.