Researcher | Writer | Artist 

I work across qualitative research methodologies, practice as research and performance/art as research. I'm a trained architect and artist and the politics of body and space is at the core of my research and practice. My research interests and expertise span across the fields of spatial studies, performance studies, human geography, contemporary art, gender studies, Iranian studies and their intersections. I have published academic papers in peer-reviewed journals, book reviews and news articles in these fields. As a practising artist, I work across the media of performance, sound, video, text and installation and have exhibited my work internationally.

I'm the co-founder and editor of Konesh a journal on the politics of space and cultural interventions, and have established Radio Khiaban a podcast on gender and space in Iran 

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PhD, Performance Studies/Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, 2022

My practice-based doctoral thesis focuses on the creation of alternative emancipatory spaces of everyday life, through transgressive performances. I specifically look into singing by Iranian women and how, with all the cultural and legal obstacles, they find ways to express themselves through their voice. Exploring tactics with which to reclaim space used by women, I propose focusing on the body and the ephemerality of performance.

MA Fine Art (Distinction), Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL, 2012

BA Architecture, Art University of Tehran, 2010

Additional training:

Academic Practice Certificate – Goldsmiths University of London 2020

Teaching Critical Thinking through Art – Harvard University 2020





Song of Disobedince, academic book based on my doctoral thesis (to be published 2022)

Art and Activism in Contemporary Iran, article collection for Field Journal, Editor (to be published 2021)

Gazing at margins; encountering self-seedings in an urban context, Liminal Voice, 2020

TRACE, collection of articles for Konesh,  Editor, 2020

The Plinth, and the Performer, Konesh, Issue SCALE, 2019
SCALE, collection of articles for Konesh,  Editor, 2019

Sleeping with Tehran, Performance Research Journal, Feb 2016

 جنسیت و فضاهای عمومی، سردبیر مهمان گاهنامه دوم اسپکتروم، اردیبهشت ۱۴۰۰

شهر فمینیست، گاهنامه دوم اسپکتروم، اردیبهشت ۱۴۰۰

کش آمدن، در فاصله‌ی دو خانه - مجموعه سفرنامه سفر زمینی از لندن تا تهران، روزنامه شرق ۱۳۹۲

نگاه خیره‌ تاریخ؛ مجموعه‌ 'روسپی' کاوه گلستان، بی‌بی‌سی‌ فارسی، اسفند ۱۳۹۶

از انقلاب تا جنگ؛ در جست و جوی هویت ملی، بی‌بی‌سی فارسی، آبان ۱۳۹۶

دخالت در روایت‌های رسمی، مستند‌های کامران شیردل در لندن

شهرسازی در ایران مدرن؛ از شهرک سازی تا بالا رفتن از کوه

'صنعتگر، شاعر و شازده'، روایتی از زندگی بهمن محصص

طاق کسری؛ مغضوب حکومت‌ها در تاریخ معاصر

آن دنیای دیگر؛ از روسپی‌ تا هیپی

وبلاگ قدیمی‌ترم که در سال‌های ۱۳۹۱ تا ۱۳۹۳ در آن نوشته‌ام

پشت پرده‌ها؛ تصویر اندرونی امروزی ایرانی

 کتاب شعر دهان نیمه‌باز، انتشارات فردوسی، ۲۰۱۲ - برخی از اشعار این مجموعه را اینجا بخوانید 



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