Nazanin Fakoor is an Iranian German visual artist and director. She studied Theater Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. She then studied scenography at the La Cambre School of Visual Arts in Brussels. Her studies eventually led her to the border between theater and visual arts.
In 2004 she met the American avant-garde director Robert Wilson, who introduced her to his artistic laboratory in New York, where his work was equally integrated: photography, performance, video, choreography, sound and light influence each other as fragments of contemporary visual art.
Fakoor’s visual and performance installations are utopian approaches to a reality that is already in a border area: between recognizable and alienating, between truth and illusion.
Her recent creations include the interactive installation Light Drawing and the immersive installation, the performative installation and the musical theater performance of Rainbow. Her work has been shown in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.
Photo: Moulay Guissée
Hexeneinmaleins is a video performance about witches and the female data gap.
Invisibility, non-appearance and extermination are central figures around which the piece is built. Seeing men as the human standard is fundamental to the structure of human society. And so we listen to a conversation about female crash test dummies and unnoticed heart attacks, interwoven with fragments from emblematic witch scenes in classic literature such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Goethe’s Faust.
For her research into the contrast between the image of witches and how witch hunts actually took place, Nazanin Fakoor developed a video about fear in an earlier research phase. She asked people questions like “What is a witch?” and “What are you afraid of?” and created an associative dream sequence from the answers she received. This material is now being further developed into a video performance.