Anahita Norouzi

Multidisciplinary Artist, Iran

01.05.2018   - 30.06.2018

Anahita Norouzi (04/06/1983), who is originally from Iran and now lives between Iran and Montreal Canada, has developed an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating video and performance in her recent projects.

Norouzi’s work often addresses the issues of memory and identity from a psycho-historical perspective. She explores these concepts in relation to her dichotomous condition as a citizen and a distant observer at the same time. Her work deals with a variety of media, primarily performance and video. Since her work is mostly based on personal narratives, self-representation is an integral component.

Speaking about her work, Norouzi states:

By giving form to my formless experiences, I create a new experience out of an old one which encapsulates psychological states. Subsequently, my work transforms beyond the specifics of my personal story and occupies a shared emotional space with the viewers and reflects on the collective psyche in our contemporary time.

Anahita Norouzi, Artist Statement


Norouzi took part in SomoS Berlin Artist-in-Residence program May-June 2018 in Berlin to work on her project “They Are Neither Dead Nor Alive: A Study on Deformed Bodies” which looks at the body as a political artifact which the power has control over to mark, train, and punish, asking how does the state control and discipline the body through its institutions–prison, hospital, and school?

This creative work culminated in the exhibition de- +‎ patterned: A Space in-between. In this multimedia installation and performance, the artist drew from her own personal archive of memories, texts, and family stories to revisit and at times revise the historical events surrounding the Iranian Revolution.

Norouzi holds a Master of Fine Arts/Photography from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has presented solo exhibitions in Canada and Iran, notably We All Knew That Here is the Place of Ordinary Objects, BLACK BOX, Montreal, 2015. Some of Norouzi’s recent group exhibitions include Performing the Political, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, 2014 as well as Monitor 10: South Asian Experimental Film & Video, Articule, Montreal, 2014. Norouzi has also held teaching and lecturing positions, and been published in magazines such as Islamic Arts Magazine and Underline Arts Magazine.