Mr. Farhad Bahram

Mr. Farhad Bahram
Assistant Professor
Communication, Department of
Arts and Sciences, College of
Gillum Hall, Third Floor, #331
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Bahram‘s interests are formed by his former practice as a photojournalist, an occupation that has permitted him to travel and live across different cultures. This work, for him, has allowed for a nuanced understanding of the individual’s relationship to the globalized culture that governs our critical thinking and social conditions today.

His creative work illuminates how ideas are received and perceived through objects and images. The body is central to the work, becoming a tool for dissecting identity and the imprint of coded cultural language through the amalgamation of theory and practice. Many of his works question the function of viewership and the subjectivity of our interactions with those around us. Through his work, the viewer shifts from passive bystander to willing participant, perpetrator, witness, recorder and storyteller. Simultaneously, his work functions through a lyric poetic form, yet he expands the singular positioning afforded in this framework by collaboration with other creative productions and producers, to position others as participating subjectivities.

He  has shown nationally and internationally ranging from venues such as ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY; East of West Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA; Reed College, Portland, OR; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR; Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseburg, OR; Plâtre et Moi Gallery, Paris, France; Laatikkomo, Jyväskylä, Finland; Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran; Fravahr Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran; Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran.

Bahram's work has been reviewed and featured in Art Practical, PBS News Hour, Voice of America, The Santa Fe New Mexican, IranWire, among others. His practice and research has been supported by grants and awards from the Tokyo Foundation for International Research, Ford Alumni Center, University of Oregon and Society for Photographic Education. 

 

Digital Storytelling
Visual Communication
Understanding Contemporary Media
The Artist Experience
Digital Imaging
Digital Photography
Interactive Digital Media
New Media Theory
  • 2015 MFA, Photography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • 2015 GradCert, New Media & Culture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • 2012 MFA (Transferred), Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 GradDip, History of Contemporary Art, Mahe Mehr Art & Culture Institute, Tehran, Iran
  • 2009 GradDip, Contemporary Photography, Mahe Mehr Art & Culture Institute, Tehran, Iran
  • 2007 BS, Mining Engineering, Azad University of South Tehran, Iran

Portfolio:
http://farhadbahram.com/

  • Digital media production
  • New Media theories
  • Social practice and performance art

 

Born in Iran, a society with stringent regulatory control over all types of social interactions, as a young artist I developed a profound desire to understand how the performance of actions and the diversity of our social encounters could affect the outcome of our individuality. This social inquiry permeated into my professional practice when in 2009 I formed an international artist collective called Global Mission of Art. GMOA is a curatorial platform and multicultural group of more than thirty artists from various nations of the world. Considering our technologically advancing and culturally diverse societies, I am hoping that in GMOA we could foster the diversity of opinions, ideas and backgrounds which is also the lifeblood of contemporary art practice. In collaboration with non-profit and humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF and UNHCR, our research-based practice at GMOA constructs a grassroots community to address the issues surrounding identity and human rights.

The current trajectory of my research is centered on examining the possibilities for transforming the determined correlation between medium and message into an evermoving chain of social and cultural relations. My attempt is to investigate 'social interaction' as a subjective mechanism that is shaped by a series of social urgencies, such as desire, rejection, or satisfaction, which could also present the inability of the medium to fully express its intended message. I unpack my installations and performances through presenting the concept of impotent medium , such as texts that are incapable of conveying their intended message, destructed photos that are depleted from the iconic value of an image, and bodies that are unable to project the real identity of individuals. Within this destructive space lies an important and affirmative sentiment, which is the main objective in my relational practice: the possibility of relocating the meaning from the art object to the contingency of reception.