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Cheshm Geer   2013

Cheshm Geer 2013

​"Cheshm Geer" means eye catcher or in the case of the popular lucky charms, evil eye catcher. Part of a series of photographs before and after my right breast mastectomy

Rite; Right; Write Piece   2005

Rite; Right; Write Piece 2005

​Rite; Right; Write Piece was an interpretation of Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece”. I worked with four collaborators who were education and language rights advocates. They handed out articles on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside of LACE and asked passers by to engage in the performance. The articles were on language supremacy and struggles with learning and expression through written word. Audience members were also given Sharpie pens to write messages on me while I wrote on a long scroll, telling my story of learning English. I wrote a stream of consciousness narrative on how I learned to speak English.

I USD 2 B WRTCHD   2006

I USD 2 B WRTCHD 2006

The title, written in text short hand, makes reference to the Paris uprisings by immigrants from Africa and Middle East. Throughout the video, I get text messages from Franz Fanon, quotes from "The Wretched of the

Earth". In between, I have images and video of architecture all over
LA, almost like plotting my own personal LA revolution.

As I was shooting this piece, a Honda followed me, which was the FBI. They stopped and questioned me about what I was doing. They looked through my camera and deleted all of the images, they took the cassettes out of my video camera, searched my car, then, they let me go. As a transnational Muslim woman, I could not protest, or I would have been taken in and disappeared for years like so many others.


Just before this stop, I had learned how to take images with my cell
phone and email them to myself. I made most of the video with images and video from my cell phone.

For screening, please email me

Esm   2007

Esm 2007

Performance on a Tour Bus curated Ming Yuen S. Ma. I hijacked the bus, renamed the audience with name tags that had Farsi names on them. I then went into a monolgue of names that I have had throughout my life, either given or taken. 

Houri  2009

Houri 2009

Houri is a window installation, with 72 repetitions of my self portrait from age 12.

Based on a myth that began and was spread through western propaganda after several suicide bombings took place in the late 1970's, stating the people who killed themselves were doing this because they were told in “terrorist cells”, if they became martyrs, they would die and go to heaven and would be met with 72 virgins.  This myth and propaganda has spread to Europe and the United States where it's quoted in jokes and has become a common belief that this is why suicide bombers take their lives. What is more interesting is that although this myth was used to debase Muslims, it has been re-appropriated by many Muslims or Islamic groups. 

Houri   2009

Houri 2009

​Houri is a window installation, with 72 repetitions of my self portrait from age 12.

Based on a myth that began and was spread through western propaganda after several suicide bombings took place in the late 1970's, stating the people who killed themselves were doing this because they were told in “terrorist cells”, if they became martyrs, they would die and go to heaven and would be met with 72 virgins.  This myth and propaganda has spread to Europe and the United States where it's quoted in jokes and has become a common belief that this is why suicide bombers take their lives. What is more interesting is that although this myth was used to debase Muslims, it has been re-appropriated by many Muslims or Islamic groups. 

Twitter Theatre   2012

Twitter Theatre 2012

Projected ​Twitter feed intervention in the ONE WORLD festival, Denmark. International collaborators tweeted about issues of migration and xenophobia 

Cheshm Geer 2013

​"Cheshm Geer" means eye catcher or in the case of the popular lucky charms, evil eye catcher. Part of a series of photographs before and after my right breast mastectomy

Rite; Right; Write Piece 2005

​Rite; Right; Write Piece was an interpretation of Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece”. I worked with four collaborators who were education and language rights advocates. They handed out articles on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside of LACE and asked passers by to engage in the performance. The articles were on language supremacy and struggles with learning and expression through written word. Audience members were also given Sharpie pens to write messages on me while I wrote on a long scroll, telling my story of learning English. I wrote a stream of consciousness narrative on how I learned to speak English.

I USD 2 B WRTCHD 2006

The title, written in text short hand, makes reference to the Paris uprisings by immigrants from Africa and Middle East. Throughout the video, I get text messages from Franz Fanon, quotes from "The Wretched of the

Earth". In between, I have images and video of architecture all over
LA, almost like plotting my own personal LA revolution.

As I was shooting this piece, a Honda followed me, which was the FBI. They stopped and questioned me about what I was doing. They looked through my camera and deleted all of the images, they took the cassettes out of my video camera, searched my car, then, they let me go. As a transnational Muslim woman, I could not protest, or I would have been taken in and disappeared for years like so many others.


Just before this stop, I had learned how to take images with my cell
phone and email them to myself. I made most of the video with images and video from my cell phone.

For screening, please email me

Esm 2007

Performance on a Tour Bus curated Ming Yuen S. Ma. I hijacked the bus, renamed the audience with name tags that had Farsi names on them. I then went into a monolgue of names that I have had throughout my life, either given or taken. 

Houri 2009

Houri is a window installation, with 72 repetitions of my self portrait from age 12.

Based on a myth that began and was spread through western propaganda after several suicide bombings took place in the late 1970's, stating the people who killed themselves were doing this because they were told in “terrorist cells”, if they became martyrs, they would die and go to heaven and would be met with 72 virgins.  This myth and propaganda has spread to Europe and the United States where it's quoted in jokes and has become a common belief that this is why suicide bombers take their lives. What is more interesting is that although this myth was used to debase Muslims, it has been re-appropriated by many Muslims or Islamic groups. 

Houri 2009

​Houri is a window installation, with 72 repetitions of my self portrait from age 12.

Based on a myth that began and was spread through western propaganda after several suicide bombings took place in the late 1970's, stating the people who killed themselves were doing this because they were told in “terrorist cells”, if they became martyrs, they would die and go to heaven and would be met with 72 virgins.  This myth and propaganda has spread to Europe and the United States where it's quoted in jokes and has become a common belief that this is why suicide bombers take their lives. What is more interesting is that although this myth was used to debase Muslims, it has been re-appropriated by many Muslims or Islamic groups. 

Twitter Theatre 2012

Projected ​Twitter feed intervention in the ONE WORLD festival, Denmark. International collaborators tweeted about issues of migration and xenophobia 

Cheshm Geer   2013
Rite; Right; Write Piece   2005
I USD 2 B WRTCHD   2006
Esm   2007
Houri  2009
Houri   2009
Twitter Theatre   2012