Izdihar Afyouni is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator with a background in academic figurative drawing. She works with painting, sculpture, video and immersive theatre/performance. Her work is concerned with political notions of the body and is often site-specific and research-based.  Her practice is concerned with making the usually unpublicized workings of government public. In making the invisible everyday working of government she queered bodily subjectivity, the erotics of violence and the biosurveillant measures of weeding out genetic and undesirable threats to the state. But making the act of government “security” measures public is not just a counter to the propaganda agency of reporting government policy, it is about the act of making the public aware.

She is the creator and curator of the ongoing research project and immersive exhibition series Thicker Than Blood, which extends the extractive form of governmental subjection and surveillance of the body to its non-necessary human form, namely, its test sample.

 She also works collaboratively with other artists and academics, and creates work under a pseudonym. She recently completed a Masters degree in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

 

Upcoming

artist talk: Deterritorializing Participatory Performance

13th Sept, 2pm. Anarchist Studies Network 5th International Conference, Loughborough University

 

performance: Queer Migrant Takeover: Deeper Roots

6th Oct. 7pm, Rich Mix, London

 

Education

 Florence Academy of Art Intensive Drawing Program 2011-2012

University of Brighton BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting Class of 2016

Goldsmiths University, London, MA Art and Politics Class of 2017

 

Selected Exhibitions /Residency

(July 2018) 'Thinking Flesh' group exhibition, Centrala (Birmingham, UK)

(March-June/2018) Haven for Artists, Beirut. (artist-in-residence).

(September/2017) Thicker Than Blood II : Consequence.  Curator, exhibiting artist.  (The Flying Dutchman, London, UK).

(May-June/2017) Casa Na Ilha Art Residency, Ilhabela Brazil (artist-in-residence).

(March/2017) Thicker Than Blood. Curator, exhibiting artist.  (The Flying Dutchman, London, UK).

(March/2017)  'Multitudes': Arabic Women Artists Now, (Rich Mix, London, UK).

(September/2016) AD HACK/ various locations, (Jenin, Palestine).

(Summer/2016) BA Fine Art Painting Degree Show, (University of Brighton, Brighton UK).

 

 Work

 Art Teacher (Summer School), Manhal International School, Amman, Jordan 2011 and 2012

 Nabad Art Gallery, Assistant Curator, Amman, Jordan 2012 - 2013