Bodies of Water — 2017
       
     
Group Portrait
       
     
If You Come To My House 2016 —
       
     
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5 Self-Portraits
       
     
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Self-Portrait 2
       
     
Self-Portrait 3
       
     
Self-Portrait 4
       
     
Self-Portrait 5
       
     
12 Steps to a Bathing Ritual
       
     
H-OM (Hammam)
       
     
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Bodies of Water — 2017
       
     
Bodies of Water — 2017

In times of mass turmoil and crisis, engaging in practices that raise our collective consciousness and help us unify our physical, emotional, and spiritual body, is a form of social resistance to the established order of the world. I believe that ceremonial acts of washing and bathing are instances of such practices to achieve this unification.

Water is venerated across many ancient and contemporary cultures as a gateway towards the divine other. In my participatory performances, I make use of it as a connective medium between myself and visitors, and record the traces of my encounters through remnants left behind that I have gleaned here as portraitures.  

If portraiture is in part intended to preserve memories of oneself and others, it is not the static and manufactured persona that I want to record. Rather, it’s those moments of encounter in time and space, where we are intimate, vulnerable, and fluid with ourselves and each other that I strive to archive.

 

In December 2016, I converted my studio at the California College of the Arts into a pop-up Hammam called H-OM, where I facilitate bathing rituals for women.

Group Portrait
       
     
Group Portrait

Group Portrait

Acrylic on canvas, and used towels

Remnants from bathing rituals at H-OM (Hammam)

CCA Campus, San Francisco, 2017 —

(Left to Light)

In remembrance of:

1. Hiti Joon (02.12.17 — 3:09 pm to 4:43 pm)

2. Klaudeen Shemirani (03.04.17 — 5:16 pm to 7:01pm)

3. Shanna Pouyamehr (03.04.17 — 1:08 pm to 2:18 pm)

4. Nathalie Kardjian (03.17.17 — 1:07 pm to 2:16 pm)

5. Carmen Armenteros Puchades (03.17.17 — 3:10 pm to 4:23pm)

6. Ronna Milo Haglili (03.21.17 — 2:21 pm to 3: 46pm)

7. Kathy Zarur (03.24.17— 4:12 pm to 5:32 pm)

8. Mia Candelaria (03.25.17 — 1:35 pm to 2: 28 pm)

9. Lauren Wooley (03.30.17 — 8:43 pm to 9:40 pm)

10. Rivka Louissaint (04.01.17 — 4:12 pm to 5:19 pm)

11. Parastou Marashi (04.09.17 — 3:23 pm to 4:26 pm)

12. Termeh Behbahani (04.09.17 — 6:03 pm to 7:12 pm)

13. Tina Bakhtamian (04.14.17 — 9:30 am to 10: 22 am)

If You Come To My House 2016 —
       
     
If You Come To My House 2016 —

If You Come To My House, 2016 —

Acrylic on canvas, bucket, used towels 

Remnants from foot washing performance at AICAD Studios, Brooklyn May 6, 2016

Remnants from foot washing performance at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, November 11, 2016

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5 Self-Portraits
       
     
5 Self-Portraits

5 Self-portraits

Towels used for ablution (Right to Left)

December16 to December 20, 2016

December 25 to December 27, 2016

January13 to January18, 2017

February 3 to February 6, 2017

March 2 to March 4, 2017 

Self-Portrait 1
       
     
Self-Portrait 1
Self-Portrait 2
       
     
Self-Portrait 2
Self-Portrait 3
       
     
Self-Portrait 3
Self-Portrait 4
       
     
Self-Portrait 4
Self-Portrait 5
       
     
Self-Portrait 5
12 Steps to a Bathing Ritual
       
     
12 Steps to a Bathing Ritual
H-OM (Hammam)
       
     
H-OM (Hammam)
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