On My Head (2013-2014) | Various Locations | London

 

This year long performance was inspired by the Farsi phrase 'saram kolā gozāshtan' (literal translation: they put a hat on my head), which is a way of saying 'they tricked me'. During this period, I decided to wear an ambiguous item of clothing on my head every time I entered a public space. This was neither a hat nor a turban, but somewhere in the region of both. 

I wore this item to media appearances and used it as a prop to sell 'ethnic' products and also gain employment in ‘immigrant’ jobs, such as catering for premium venues in central London. I wanted to experience how social and political narratives trick us into embodying didactically defined versions of ourselves.