MEETING WITH THE ARTIST SHAHRAM ENTEKHABI
On April 14, 2009 at 6.30 p.m. a meeting with an artist from Berlin Shahram Entekhabi was held in the lecture hall of the Art Gallery in the framework of the education program of the Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA.
Shahram Entekhabi is an artist, architect, performer. Born in Iran, he now lives and works in Germany. In his artistic work Shahram puts a special emphasis on the issues of «manifesting» in society the marginal strata existing as closed communities or a kind of urban «ghettos», the emigrant diasporas of the Middle East serving as an example. The artist visualizes his ideas by means of video, architecture, sculpture, performance, painting and photography.
What is distinctive in Shahram Entekhabi’s creative work is that he always acts as the protagonist of his projects. On the photographs and in his videos the author plays the most provocative roles (Islamic fundamentalist, Kurd militant, partisan, Balkan criminal and samurai super-hero), thus revealing the «points of sensitivity» and stereotypes in contemporary society.
Shahram Entekhabi’s creative work is an example of quite a rare phenomenon in contemporary art when a male-artist uses his own body as a tool for delivering his ideas. Therefore the author’s manner of putting himself in a position of a marginal element of society emerged as a response to the oppression and prejudice against migrants. That is why his performances are usually auto-aggressive and thus compared to the ones of the radical female artists of the 70s.
During the lecture in the gallery Shahram Entekhabi presented his art works and gave a general overview of his artistic experience.
Shahram Entekhabi was invited by the Kaliningrad Branch of NCCA for filming a documentary. The story filmed in Kaliningrad will be shown in the framework of an exhibition project «Topography of happiness: the Russian wedding» in the Reserve Museum «Tsaritsino» (Moscow). The exhibition is due to open in June 2009. The project of Shahram Entekhabi is assisted by the Goethe-Institute (Saint-Petersburg).