A Conversation with Jinoos Taghizadeh – Open Wiring

Authorship & Agency Lecture Series #1
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Art House, Lämpömiehenkuja 3

This year the course Authorship & Agency with Max Ryynänen has a new theme. Learning from the Middle East: Art, Micropolitics & Everyday Aesthetics is a journey into the new bold ways where art, politics and everyday culture collide, and it will focus on the Middle East. We aspire to learn from interesting thinkers and pioneering cultural formations and to build new philosophical and artistic bridges to the area, its diaspora, and echoes.

Our first guest is Jinoos Taghizadeh, an Iranian artist, and art critic. She’ll be with us to discuss some of her projects, in particular, her solo exhibition, Open Wiring, shown at O Gallery, Tehran, in which she addresses a wide range of issues: prison letters, a bus hijacking by Palestinian militant Dalal Mughrabi, films by Andrei Tarkovsky, the whale known for its 52-hertz voice, anatomy, a Shakespeare play, and artistic integrity. They all get connected, however, through what Taghizadeh calls “a map of her mind,” an exploration of the ways in which she engages with the world, as an artist and a citizen.

Jinoos Taghizadeh was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1971, and holds a B.A. in Fine Arts / Sculpting from the College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, and a diploma in dramatic literature and theatre from the Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran. She has had dozens of solo exhibitions, the latest of which was Letters I Never Wrote (2017, Kunsthalle 314, Bergen, Norway). Since 2000, she has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Iran and elsewhere in the world. She has been the editor-in-chief of the fine arts section of Aftab Net magazine in Tehran since 2012 and was a member of the editorial board of the bilingual online journal Tehran Avenue from 2001 to 2009.