Natascha Sadr Haghighian | the artist




The artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Born 1953 (?), Iran (?).
Lives and works in Berlin Germany.

Style and technique of the artist: Video, Performance Art, Sydney Biennale, Documenta Kassel,

In place of her biographical note, Natascha Sadr Haghighian wishes to draw the readers’ attention to bioswop.net. On http://www.bioswop.net artists and other cultural practitioners can borrow, exchange, and compile CVs for various purposes. The site went on line in October 2004 and is a work in progress.


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Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.

Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s video shows dancer, choreographer and former microbiologist Xavier Le Roy in conversation with ostheopath Martina Zeidler. They talk about their different practices and their understandings of the body. Both deal with very subtle processes in their work that often evade attempts to put them in concrete terms. In acknowledging these processes, their practices form methods and languages outside the traditions of the Enlightenment…
bioswop is a cv-exchange plattform. The idea is to provide curriculum vitaes, bios, resumes for mutual utilisation and borrowing as well as basic elements of cvs for assembly. People can provide their cv for this purpose.In the case of use, the person can be informed that their CV or parts of it is borrowed by someone. For institutions the idea is, to provide the name of the institution for utilisation and maybe even the programm. With a list of several Institutions the assembly of a cv is possible without utilising existing CV’s.The assembled or borrowed cv can be downloaded as a pdf file. it will carry a footnote ‘this cv was borrowed through http://www.bioswop.net’
The way I work is a constant process of researching, manoeuvring and doubting. The different formats are intermediate results, comments, reactions, proposals towards and within the contextual formats I encounter during my attempts to emancipate myself from them. Every format seems to be part of a larger one and follows certain rules. They are mainly rules of representation and hegemony. Sometimes hidden, sometime very obvious. But every format I produce inevitably becomes part of that. To find out more about this mechanism I did a project on art in hospitals for example [Point of View with Michael Guggenheim]. We tried to examine how hospitals choose and use artworks for specific purposes. In another project I tried to find out why art was used to promote the pharmaceutical industry [Touch the Screen]. In both cases art represents a certain cultural claim of the contextual format. It basically works the same way in a museum…
Complete artist, Natascha Sadr Haghighian works in the fields of video, performance, computer animation and sound installation. She is concerned with socio-political implication, works about the dilemma of visibility and authenticity and question the strategies of empowerment in accepted and authoritative representational structures. In her videos she refers to the polemic of the artist identity through a critical work about biography, the copyright specification…


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