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Navid Sinaki

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Birthplace
Tehran

Lives in
New York

Website

Tags
photography, conceptual, performance, video-art

Statement

b. Tehran
c. New York

B.A. - U.C. Berkeley, Art History and Film Studies (2008)
M.F.A - UCLA, Art/Film (2013)

My ex – an Iraq war veteran – invented a peculiar game. He would tie my wrist to my elbow without my permission. For him, I’d play an anonymous amputee.

The Middle Eastern body works on two planes: eroticized in one, and abused in the other – a la Abu Ghraib. In my videos and photos, the body is at once sensual and grotesque. I am an odalisque even when alone, with my body contorted, or covered in layers – memories made into performances made into stills.

The body of a homosexual is itself a stage: a site for fantasy and infection.  Such dualities hold my attention; memory vs. the invented; orientalist vs. the odalisque; the middle ground where role-playing does not end.

I recreate these games when alone. I film myself, redo old acts, or invent diaries.

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