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FERESHTEH TOOSI

FERESHTEH TOOSI

Artist Work

The Tea Party
2004
public performance-intervention
variable
Project Safety Orange
2004
public performance-intervention
variable
Searching for the Fourth River
2003
public performance-intervention
6 weeks
saddamites
2003
public performance-intervention & single-channel video
1 minute video
nomadic boudoir genie bottle canopy bed tent nest
2004
video installation
12'x12'x16'

Artist Information

Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Called to action by the gravity of current events and their historical context, I play with cultural icons varying from material objects such as genie bottles and magic carpets to celebrity figures like Saddam Hussein and Martha Stewart. Although they inevitably fail to illustrate larger, differential concepts, pop icons offer access to a vernacular understanding of the world. By seizing the pleasure of mythology and using it proactively, I hope to resist the oversimplification of ideas that such fantasies have come to represent. I have performed as a quack doctor and impersonated a private investigator as a way to ask strangers to share their stories and idiosyncrasies with me. I inhabit characters inspired by existing stereotypes such as the fortune teller/mystic or the romantic image of the early American colonist. Creating an absurd interactive scenario for the audience through these personas is a tactic I use to investigate what people know and how they've come to feel comfortable with their own versions of the truth.

Artist Bio

Fereshteh Toosi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown at Groupe Intervention Vidéo in Montreal, Outfest in Los Angeles, Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York, Space 1026 in Philadelphia and the Boston Center for the Arts. Her work plays with cultural icons varying from material objects such as genie bottles and magic carpets to celebrities like Saddam Hussein and Martha Stewart. Born in Shiraz, Iran, she holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.