29 November 2017, 14:00
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi is a visual artist, writer, and theorist whose work explores the interplay between aesthetic and political valences in the public domain.
She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Wysing Arts Centre.
Gharavi's current work is invested in the live film, or uses of "liveness" in film, video, and performance that activate through restaging, reenactment, remaking, or other transformational strategies. Is the face a part of the body? How is it instrumentalized in ways of knowing - through normative social codes, quantifiable algorithms, and even love? The encoded values of the human face - especially the sight of the covered face and the suspicions it triggers - make up the latest iteration of the artist's concern with the tracing of care.
The artist's previous exhibitions, screenings, residencies, expanded publication, performances, and lectures include Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art Dubai, The New Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Triple Canopy, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Women and Performance, The White Review, UCLA, NYU, Darat al Funun, Delfina Foundation, Serpentine Cinema, among others.
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