Reza Abdoh1995


Abdoh's work is multi-media, never linear, and often employs the use of fragmented narratives that occur on several tracks. Sometimes these forms of expression occur simultaneously, sometimes they are isolated from each other in order to allow the tensions and common ground between them to surface. Not relying solely on text for communication, Abdoh uses extensive dance and visual elements including film and video, and music created for the work. Abdoh utilizes and subverts conventions from classical theatre, dance, music and painting and makes it possible to see these images and archetypes in new ways that are at once threatening and emotionally charged.

"I am an artist living with AIDS. I am a homosexual born in Iran. In my life I have had to work through problems of stigmatization and prejudice. When I discovered the power of the arts to express my pains and joys, it became clear to me that there would be no other way to work through the demons except to fully embrace the process of creation. The work was not personal therapy but had a connection to other peoples' realities. As I grow older and more mature, it becomes clearer to me that personal struggles and conflicts are connected with universal struggles and conflicts. It is this knowledge, ironically, that gives me the freedom to experiment in my work."