a public discussion with Andrew Gayed, Laurence Rasti, Alireza Shojaian, & Sarp Kerem Yavuz
This panel explores questions of queerness and diaspora through the lens of visual art. CSGS Visiting Scholar Dr. Andrew Gayed will be in conversation with acclaimed contemporary artists Alireza Shojaian, Laurence Rasti, and Sarp Karem Yavuz. Turkish artist Sarp Karem Yavuz works primarily with photography, light projection, and drawing. His work depicts gender, politics, religion, and violence in scenes of homoerotic Islamic art and visual imagery. Alireza Shojaian is a Paris-based, Iranian-born artist who uses painting and drawing to envision non-heteronormative masculinities to reflect on the queer history of the Middle East and the present context. Iranian-Swiss visual artist Laurence Rasti photographs queer Iranian refugees in Turkey as they seek asylum, illuminating the conflicting pressures that come to bear on queer diasporic formations.