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Six Pillars Broadcast – Choreophobia

This week: British Iranian artist Lilian Nejatpour discusses her piece, Choreophobia. Nejatpour’s practice questions technological invasiveness and sentimentality. Choreophobia examines the intervening occurrence of colonialism and Western thought on Middle Eastern dance, with its interference on the censoring and transformation of gender and sensuality in male bodies. Choreophobia is at Chisenhale Studios in August as a work in progress, presented by curating collective To Whom This May Concern, and then at Somerset House, London in September.

Bio:
Lilian is a British Iranian artist whose practice questions how technological invasiveness and sentimentality, two very distinct modes, operate alongside each other and what problems arise when they are captured and re-situated in conversation through sculpture and video. 

Recent shows include: ‘Hope Machine’ at Cairotronica Festival, Cairo, Egypt (2018) and Choreophobia II’, at Turner Contemporary (2018).  She is currently an artist in residence at Somerset House Studios, London.
Choreophobia
Choreophobia looks at the intervening occurrence of colonialism and Western thought on Middle Eastern dance, with its interference on the censoring and transformation of gender and sensuality in male bodies. Influenced by Anthony Shay’s theory of Choreophobia. Nejatpour expands on Shay’s concept by placing her own dual nationality and geographical displacement into choreographed symbolic cyphers that will see bodies acting as sculptures in flux, retracing the varied forms of dance culture in cultural relocation. 
This presentation of Choreophobia is a work in progress presented by curating collective To Whom This May Concern. Nejatpour will be realising the final iteration at Somerset House in late September.
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