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 curatorial 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. She has exhibited in Jordan, Palestine, UK and Brazil. She served as artist-in-residence at Casa na Ilha Art Residency (Ilhabela, Brazil) in 2017 and Haven for Artists (Beirut, Lebanon) in 2018 and worked as Assistant Curator at Nabad Art Gallery in 2012-2013, (Amman, Jordan). She was born in 1994.
Interviews and Reviews
residency: Pilotenküche International Art Program
April-June 2019, Leipzig, Germany
performance: Queer Migrant Takeover: Deeper Roots
6th Oct. 7pm, Rich Mix, London
artist talk: Deterritorializing Participatory Performance
13th Sept, 2pm. Anarchist Studies Network 5th International Conference
Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
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