SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL 2017
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi - Face/Less: Human, Inhuman, Abhuman
24 February 2017 - De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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.
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).