The evolution towards a framework of neo-diaspora was an effort to process and de-historicise my experiences of digestion, death and displacement. Taking place alongside installations, performances and images, highlighting Technologies of Otherness amidst hyper-connected realities.
This method developed its own poignancy in light of contemporaneous social and informatic shifts. Thus my phrasing followed on from this; expressing that I could no longer relate to notions of (geo)diaspora in the traditional sense - as a movement about margins and metropoles. But instead, it had become an entanglement of survival, within a complex and transitional state of belonging to multiple imaginal spaces.
My earlier practice of stone-carving, geometric drawing and calligraphic sketching, emerged out of a desire to learn the cultural syntax of my iranian and muslim heritage. It then became a process of crafting shapes, which I could photograph and use to explore the poetics of my own writing and performative work. In experiencing this transition (towards-and-away-from) an order of forms - I realised that my draw to the past was the result of a very present preoccupation with identity, which I chose to express in the form of maternal DNA activation.
This rendered my curiosity towards establishing embodied processes, which could inhabit latent potential and bypass my scientific training. A shift that enabled access to contemporary notions of art, philosophy and poetics; forming the basis of a neuro-diverse approach to research. It was at this stage that I realised many neo-diasporic psyches do not inherit the Kantian leap - a pre-requisite to modern practice. So I had to endure the trauma of the abyss, plus ongoing negotiations with ancestral trajectories.
A good deal of my current work seeks to expand my understanding of world beyond representational frames, via imaginal re-programmings of islamic, avestan and current cosmologies. Opening up space for a discourse of intuition, on dissolution and performative subjectivity. My desire to go beyond the image, moves me to render language as a solvent for significance. The resulting pursuit enters at the limits of hyper-fluid consciousness - a critical juncture where one diasporic phase morphs into another, until the concept of origin becomes obsolete amidst a mad-proliferation of otherness. This paves the way to orientate myself without the need for a sense of Self. Whilst still allowing for the embrace of non-signifying-signifiers, which are fully immersed, intimate and free to move in multiple simultaneous directions.