Delfina Foundation

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

London: 19/10/15 — 20/12/15

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi is an artist, writer, and theorist. Her work explores the activated or 'live' film; meaning, legibility, and poetics (including neologism, epistolary fiction, abécédaires, and networked literary forms); visibility and iconography (from iconicized bandits to facial recognition technologies); surveillance, empire, and security; and emerging approaches to the interplay between aesthetic and political valences in the public domain.

She completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film & Visual Studies at Harvard University, and holds an M.F.A. in Film/Video at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. In 2014-15 she was a postdoctoral Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at Birzeit University. She is author of the open text South/South and an editor at The New Inquiry.

Her work in film, video, performance, sound, and text has appeared in various exhibitions and publications including Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Beirut; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Dubai; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Triple Canopy, New York; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York; Women and Performance, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Previous artist residencies include Darat al Funun (Amman) and Mansion (Beirut).

Forthcoming books are The Distancing Effect (BlazeVOX), American Letters (Zer0), and a translation of Waly Salomão's Algaravias: Echo Chamber (Ugly Duckling Presse).

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.