Severin’s Choice: Farhad Bahram


War of Ignorance 1

War of Ignorance 1



Artist Statement

My current artistic inquiry centers around deconstructing peripheral relationship between medium and message especially in relation to my own body. I am consciously thinking about my body and its dominant physical characteristics as a predicative gesture fixed in time and space. My recent projects have addressed this increasing appearance of the body with the hope of revealing its invisible identity by performing an autopsy on it! What I am referring to is actually a striking moment wherein the invisible message of identity transcends itself into the surface of visibility; liberated from the influence of physical appearance. There is a quality in that moment which coincides with loss; the loss of body/medium through the dissection and rearrangement of its part, or in another word, through re-presentation of the medium.
My attempt is to further understand this reciprocity between the dissected medium and
liberated message, by examining the relational encounter of the audience with the body
through activating the space. What I am proposing is an interactive body of work that
engages both the space and audience in order to mediate a lateral relationship between the
‘visible absence’ of the medium and the ‘invisible presence’ of the message, rather than a
peripheral relationship between visible form and invisible content!

War of Ignorance 2

War of Ignorance 2

War of Ignorance 3

War of Ignorance 3

War of Ignorance

War of Ignorance

War of Ignorance 5

War of Ignorance 5

War of Ignorance 6

War of Ignorance 6

Farhad Bahram

Farhad Bahram

Farhad Bahram, MFA
Curriculum Vitae

• Email: mail@farhadbahram.com • Website: http://www.farhadbahram.com

Education
University of Oregon, Photography, MFA, 2015
University of Oregon, New Media & Culture, Graduate Certification, 2015
San Francisco Art Institute, Photography, MFA, 2011-2012
Mahe Mehr Art & Culture Institute (Tehran, Iran), History of Contemporary Art Certificate,2010
Mahe Mehr Art & Culture Institute (Tehran, Iran), Contemporary Photography Certificate,2009
Azad University of Sothern Tehran (Iran), Mining and Rock Engineering, BS, 2007

Awards and Fellowships

Carlene Ho Award for Excellence in the Arts, Third BiannualFord Alumni Center, Eugene, OR, 2013
Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff),Graduate Fellowships for International Research, Tokyo, Japan, 2013
Jan Zach Memorial Award and Scholarship,University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2012
Graduate Teaching Fellowship,University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2012-2015
Student Scholarship AwardSociety for Photographic Education, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Administrative and Academic Experience
Adjunct Professor: ART 101, Understanding Contemporary MediaUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 (upcoming)
Adjunct Professor: ART 111, The Artist ExperienceUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Winter 2016 (upcoming)
Adjunct Professor: ART0 250, Introduction to PhotographyUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Winter 2016 (upcoming)
Adjunct Professor: ARTD 360, Digital ImagingUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Spring 2016 (upcoming)
Lab Instructor: ARTD 252, Interactive Digital ArtUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Winter and Spring 2016 (upcoming)
GTF Instructor: ARTD 360, Digital ImagingUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Winter and Spring 2015
GTF Instructor: ARTO 250, Introduction to PhotographyUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Fall 2014
GTF Instructor: ARTO 354, Digital Photography IUniversity of Oregon, Department of Art, Fall 2013 and Winter 2014
GTF Instructor: ARTD 250, Print Media Digital Arts
University of Oregon, Department of Art, Spring 2014
Departmental Advisor
University of Oregon, Department of Art, 2014
 Member of the Search Committee, Art Department’s Head
University of Oregon, Department of Art, 2014
 Photography Lab Manager
University of Oregon, Department of Art, Fall 2012, Winter, Spring and Summer 2013
 Information Technology Support University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, 2012-2013
 Teaching Assistant / Printing Lab Manager San Francisco Art Institute, 2011-2012
Additional Experience
 Intern Contemporary Dialogue Foundation, San Francisco, 2011-2012
 Founder and Director
Global Mission of Art, 2009-Present
 Photojournalist Hamshahri Newspaper, Iran, 2008-2010
 Photojournalist Nim Negah Newspaper, Iran, 2009-2010
 Photojournalist Mehr-Afarin Foundation, Iran, 2007-2009

Creative Experience

 The Emergent Art Space, International Juried Exhibition Kolkata, India, 2016 (upcoming)
 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Group Show Disjecta Art Center, Portland, OR, 2015
 Second Settlement, Solo Exhibition Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
 Translations, International Juried Exhibition The Feldenheimer Gallery, Portland, OR, 2015
 American Pi, Juried Show Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, 2015
 Being in the in Being, Juried Exhibition LaVerne Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR, 2015
 We are Here, Curated by Ashley Gibson White Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2014
 InFlux: a night of performance art, Juried Show Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, 2014
 Shaky Ground, Curated by Sandee McGee Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseburg, OR, 2014
 Le Prose du Connaissance, Juried Solo Exhibition Ford Alumni Center, Eugene, OR, 2014
 In Touch, Juried Exhibition Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, 2014
 Reticency, Solo Exhibition Laatikkomo, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2013
 Siuslaw Library, Juried Exhibition Siuslaw Public Library, Florence, OR, 2013
Take the O Train, Curated by Bruce WolfPop-up Exhibition, Eugene, OR, 2013
Underexposed/Well Hung, Curated by TJ NorrisWashburn Gallery, Eugene, OR, 2013
Light Out, Group ShowWhite Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013
Live by Death, Solo ExhibitionAperture Gallery, Eugene, OR, 2013
Teleography, Solo ExhibitionWashburn Gallery, Eugene, OR, 2013
Our Children, Juried Show, Curated by GMOAPlâtre et Moi Gallery, Paris, France, 2012
In the Currents, Curated by Taraneh Hemami and Lucy LinAsian Resource Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2012
Crappy Birthday, Group ShowSwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2012
You are Beautiful, Group ExhibitionMission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, 2012
Keep An Eye on Surveillance, Curated by Hanna RegevPerformance Art Institute (PAI), San Francisco, CA, 2011
BAN6 STUDENT SLIDESLAM, Juried ExhibitionYerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Date with the Subject, Solo ShowSazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran, 2011
Aksbazi, Juried ExhibitionAaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2011
Little Dancer, Curated by Mohsen FazeliHenna Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2011
Global Collaboration, Curated by GMOAFravahr Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2010
Publications and Interviews
Reversalirty [link]Investigating social identities through a curatorial art project
New Media & Culture Program [link]Featuring Farhad Bahram, 2015
Graduate School, University of Oregon [link]
Sylff Fellowship for International Research, 2014
School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon [link]Artist’s work fuses art and social science, 2013
Laatikkomo Project [link]Interviewing Farhad Bahram, Finland, 2013
Voice of America [link]Live TV Interview, Los Angeles, 2013
Art Practical [link]In the currents, A Review by Dorothy Santos, 2012
Reframing Photography [link]Online Interview, 2012

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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