Maryam Monalisa Gharavi is an artist, writer, and theorist. Her work in film, video, performance, text, photography, drawing, and sound explores the interplay between aesthetic and political valences in the public domain. She completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film & Visual Studies at Harvard University, where she currently teaches as a Lecturer. In 2016 she published a translation of Waly Salomão’s Algaravias: Echo Chamber (Ugly Duckling Presse), the poetry volume The Distancing Effect (BlazeVOX), and the artist publication Apparent Horizon 2 (Bonington Gallery).
Face/Less: Human, Inhuman, Abhuman (lecture)
In the hypervisible age, the face affords evidence of a singular human self, while the covered face triggers suspicion of an inhuman or ‘abhuman’ entity. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi’s lecture surveys the simulacra and surveillance of our most politically and aesthetically potent organ: the face.
In our darkest dreams, our bodies, emotions, reality and knowledge are dominated by hypervisibility, data collection, the ubiquitous regimes of micro-surveillance, and the tyranny of fake news and populist factoids. We have become little puppets in a machine, controlled by an insidious, fear- mongering, manipulative framework. Can we imagine how this began and how we can end it?
Fri 24 Feb
De Brakke Grond
Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven is a collective working across design, art, and filmmaking.