Grant Summary
Artist Statement
My practice is concerned with the representational challenge of temporality: of lingering, lasting, forgetting and withdrawal. I am interested in the artist as witness, one that, through remembering, may offer an embodied understanding of historical narrative. Making work that involves historical research around lived experience makes it impossible to draw a clear line between fact and fiction. This impossibility manifests in my work in a range of mediums and forms. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, I envision the city as an imaginary space between the two definitions of the word asylum: ‘the protection granted to a political refugee’ and a ‘mental institution.’ This liminal thinking space deeply informs my practice experimenting with form and nonlinear narrative. 
  • U.S. Customs Demands to Know 2016-ongoing, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Crude Intimacies 2017, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Video Installation (still image). Courtesy of the artist.

  • Cosmos 2016, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Two-channel Video Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Medina Wasl: Connecting Town 2018, Gelare Khoshgozaran, 16mm Film (still image). Courtesy of the artist .