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Navid Sinaki

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my tears in you (a lo-fi operetta; 1), 2015 Video
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epixelary 1: a diary in pixels, 2015 Video
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epixelary 2: smithereens for a heart, 2015 Video
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epixelary 3: tea with debutantes, 2015 Video
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epixelary 4: the hockney, 2015 Video
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epixelary 5: marilyn, my bff, 2015 Video
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epixelary 6: the alchemist, 2015 Video
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epixelary 7: freaky tiki, 2015 Video
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I Love You, Let's Never Meet (1), 2014 Mixed Media; Performance
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I Love You, Let's Never Meet (15), 2014 Mixed Media; Performance
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I Love You, Let's Never Meet (19), 2014 Mixed Media; Performance
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I Love You, Let's Never Meet (7), 2014 Mixed Media; Performance
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I Love You, Let's Never Meet (9), 2014 Mixed Media; Performance
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White Ash (3), 2014 Mixed Media
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White Ash (6), 2014 Mixed Media
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White Ash (11), 2014 Mixed Media
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White Ash (17), 2014 Mixed Media
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White Ash (4), 2014 Mixed Media
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Without Names, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Without Names, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Without Names, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Without Names, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Performances, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Performances, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Performances, 2013 Photo 17'x20'
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Veils (6), 2013 Photo 17x17.25 Inches
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Veils (7), 2013 Photo 17x17.25 Inches
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Veils (3), 2013 Photo 17x17.25 Inches
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Veils (1), 2013 Photo 17x17.25 Inches
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towelhead one, 2012 Video
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towelhead two, 2012 Video
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towelhead three, 2012 Video
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Towelhead, 2011 Photograph 8 X 6 Ft
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Towelhead, 2011 Photograph 8 X 6 Ft
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Towelhead, 2011 Photograph 8 X 6 Ft
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Towelhead, 2011 Photograph 8 X 6 Ft
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Towelhead, 2011 Photograph 8 X 6 Ft
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Towelhead, 2011 Photograph 8 X 6 Ft
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a homosexual in iran, 1 Photograph
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a homosexual in iran, 2 Photograph
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a homosexual in iran, 3 Photograph
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Muslim Nude, 2011 Photograph
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Muslim Nude, 2011 Photograph
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Muslim Nude, 2011 Photograph
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Muslim Nude, 2011
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Muslim Nude, 2011 Photograph
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Tehran
Lives in
Los Angeles
Schools
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California Berkeley
Tags
video-art, performance, conceptual, photography
Statement

b. Tehran
c. Los Angeles

B.A. - U.C. Berkeley, Art History and Film Studies (2008)
M.F.A - UCLA, Art/Experimental Film (2014)

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.