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Omid's central research question delves into the potential of performance art as a vehicle for advancing social reform. Informed by Tania Bruguera's "Art Util" concept and Augusto Boal's "Theater of the Oppressed," his work proposes that performance art can establish a platform for dialogue and comprehension among individuals from diverse backgrounds. By prioritizing the collaborative creative process and the quality of interaction among participants, Omid's performance art endeavors confront issues of oppression and inequality. They aim to create meaningful experiences that have the potential to drive positive social change. His performance sessions underscore the importance of disrupting established methods and normative approaches to create new possibilities for social transformation.
Omid Kheirabdi (born 1992 in Tehran) is a visual artist and performer based in Rotterdam. He decodes late-capitalist societal relationships to comprehend their oppressive mechanisms and their effects on individuals.
Cem Altınöz (1993, İstanbul, TR) works and plays with images and texts. In his artistic research he investigates the role of image making in relation to one’s self-representation and self-reproduction. While aiming to break and reveal the pre-existing limitations and problems of spoken and written language through audiovisual media, he mainly investigates the place of ‘ownership’ in one’s relationship with the lived body, emphasizing on the significance of the Other in the self-definition of the individual. Deriving from his own experiences with autoimmunity, he strives to make connections between the singular and the universal; often resulting in autobiographical still and moving images that are impure and sullied, roaming in the realms of the uncanny.
Altınöz has concluded his studies at the Piet Zwart Institute’s LensBased Media program in 2020 and is currently residing in Rotterdam
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