𝗡𝗼𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁𝘀𝗔𝗽𝗽: 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺 & 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟲 – 𝟳𝗣𝗠 𝗣𝗦𝗧
This lecture will be live streamed over Coaxial Arts' Twitch.
𝗝ö𝗿𝗴 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗮𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗻 is Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Review of Middle East Studies. He holds a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and master’s degrees from the University of Vienna. He is the author of four books including Islam, Science Fiction and Extraterrestrial Life and Space Science and the Arab World.
𝗛𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝘇𝗮𝗶𝗲 was born in Tehran and immigrated to the Bay Area in 1975. He moved to NYC in 1994 for 10 years and now resides in California, living between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Mortezaie’s work spans the mediums of textile, packaging, graphic design, painting, and radical fashion. Conceptually his work dives into the junctions of gender, politics, queerness, revolution, archive, and mass consumption through branding, propaganda, and the cult of celebrity. Mortezaie is a fashion designer, visual artist, and activist who combines these varied mediums into installation like tableaus that create a singular political pop art world of satire and artifice, reflecting the dystopia and information overload of the 21st century through elaborate detail and layering of concepts, ages, and artistic mediums. Mortezaie’s work prompted the rise of Middle Eastern style and Islamic motifs in fashion and conceptual art through his pioneer celebration of his Iranian heritage. His work has been featured in publications including Italian Vogue, Huffington Post, W magazine, on Brad Pitt in the motion picture Fight Club as well as on Sarah Jessica Parker in the TV Show Sex and the City. Singers such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Beyonce transferred his visual messages to the masses. He created a new visual language through graphic design, fashion, and fine art to inspire a new generation of Iranian American immigrants to take pride in their culture with the hopes for the children of the new Iranian Renaissance to flourish. Mortezaie travels between Tehrangeles in West LA and his studio in Oakland, the home base for his online bazaar, Silk Road Super. He is currently working with the I.A.A.B on building a visual campaign of positivity in their court case against Trump to appeal the Muslim Ban.
𝗭𝘂𝗹𝗳𝗶𝗸𝗮𝗿 𝗔𝗹𝗶 𝗕𝗵𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗼 (b. Damascus, 1990) is a visual artist, performer and curator. Bhutto's work resurrects complex histories in the South Asian, South West Asian and North African region. In the process he unpacks the intersections of queerness, Islam, speculative fiction, futurity and environmental degrdeation through a multi-media practice rooted in printmaking, textile work and performance. Bhutto has performed, shown work and curated exhibitions globally, as well as spoken extensively on the intersections of faith, radical thought and futurity at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, NYU, Stanford and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. Bhutto is currently based in Karachi, Pakistan and received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.
𝗔𝗻𝘂𝗺 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗻 is an Interaction Designer and New Media Artist born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, and currently based in Oakland, California (Chochenyo Ohlone land). They
craft mixed-reality experiences by blending physical and digital media centering queer, immigrant, and non-western narratives. Their work manifests as installations, projections, videos, live visuals, and programmed electronics. Anum received a Masters in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts and a BFA in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Anum is a core member of the Oakland-based experience design collective, Macro Waves. Professionally, they work as a UX Designer at Adobe and are a board member of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.
𝗔𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗔𝗹𝗶 (Arabic: عاليه علي // Sabean: 𐩲𐩱𐩡𐩺𐩲|𐩲𐩱𐩡) is a Yemeni-Bosnian-US multi-media artist. Having traveled to sixty-seven countries, lived in and between seven, and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through photography, video, and installation. Her travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences and the belief that the damage of translation and interpretation of written language has dis-served particular communities, resulting in the threat of their exclusion, rather than a means of understanding. Alia's work reflects on the politics of contested notions of linguistics, identity, borders, universality, colonization, mental/physical confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in each of them.
Ali's work has been featured in the Financial Times, Le Monde, Vogue Arabic, Art Review, and Hyperallergic. Her has won numerous awards and has exhibited internationally and serves on the board of Youth of the World Together (YWT) in Sana'a, Yemen, and Clockshop in Los Angeles, California. Alia’s work is in collections at Princeton University, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and numerous international private collections.
Ali is a graduate of Wellesley College and the California Institute of the Arts. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Marrakech, and is currently in residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (RAiR) in New Mexico.
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