Biography

Amir Baradaran (b. 1977) is a New York-based media and performance artist. Born in Tehran and raised in Montreal, Amir Baradaran’s experience in academia and activism led him to pursue his artistic practice. Working in a variety of mediums, Baradaran engages in the realm of speculative, participatory public experiences through the exploration of notions of technology, authorship and identity. Recently, under the title FutARism, he employed Augmented Reality (AR) as a new installation medium. The experiential, conceptual and legal shifts presupposed by the advent of AR connect to Baradaran's interest in radical subjectivities, failed utopias and mysticism. Iterations include the AR installations Venice Augmented (54th Biennale, Italy), Frenchising Mona Lisa (Louvre Museum, Paris, France) and Takeoff (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY). Past works include Transient (2010), a series of video installations in New York City taxis (approx. 1.5 million viewers), and The Other Artist Is Present (2010), a guerrilla performance in four acts at The Museum of Modern Art. Baradaran's work has been featured in Art in America, Forbes, ARTNET, ARTINFO, BBC and National Public Radio. 

Exhibitions and Performances

2011  

Mantamed, Manetamed Gallery, Brooklyn
Venice Augmented, Venice Biennale, Augmented Reality installation, Italy
ARt Gala performance, Augmented Reality Event (ARE), Santa Clara, California
Benrimon Contemporary Anniversary, Benrimon Contemporary Gallery, New York
All City, Broome Street Pop-up Art Gallery, New York
FutARism Manifesto Performance, Benrimon Contemporary Gallery, New York
Frenchising Mona Lisa, Augmented Reality installation, multiple locations


2010  

Voyeur, Boulan, Miami Art Week, Florida
WeARinMoMA, Augmented Reality installation, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Transient, a series of video installations infiltrating NYC taxicabs, multiple locations New York
The Other Artist is Present, Guerilla Performance, The Museum of Modern Art, New York


2009  

Works from the Permanent Collection, Peters Street Gallery, Atlanta


2008  

Mayor's Artists of the Year Exhibition, City Hall, Montreal, Canada
Opening Group Exhibition, Besharat Gallery, Atlanta
Le Phare Charity Auction, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada Paints & Passions, Ex-Centris, Montreal, Canada


2007  

Poetic Quarrel, Michael Banks, Montreal, Canada
Group Exhibition, Galerie Naomi, Montreal, Canada 


Presentations

2011  

FutARism: The Possibilities of AR in Art Making, Augmented Reality Event (ARE), Santa Clara, California

AR and Art, Mobile Cultures and Wireless Communications Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

FutARism, Convergent Media, Pace University, New York

Artist’s Talk on Augmented Reality, ARNY Columbia University, New York


2007  

Sexual Representation in Cinema: Queering Muslim Bodies, The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


2006  

Women and Development, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

Culture Shock: HIV/AIDS, Quebec Public Interest Research Group, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


2006  

Women and Development, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Quebec, Canada

Culture Shock: HIV/AIDS, Quebec Public Interest Research Group, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


2005  

Iranian Women after Twenty Years of Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges, Congress on the Paradoxes of Citizenship: Environment, Exclusion, Equity, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS)/Canadian Association for the Study of Development (CASID), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Representing Muslim Bodies: Death Over "Here" and Over "There,” Racial Violence and the Color Line of the New World Order, Researchers and Academics of Color in Canada for Equity (RACE), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Sexuality and the Diaspora, Second Generation Iranians Looking Inward: Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), University of Maryland, College Park

Orientalism and Middle Eastern Desires, Ethics of Sexuality, School of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


2004  

Re-Orienting the Queer and Queering the Orient, 5th Biennial Conference: Iran and the Iranian Cultural World as an "Other" in Academic and Popular Representations, International Society for Iranian Studies (SISI)/Critique Magazine: Critical Middle East Studies, Bethesda, Maryland


2003  

Racism and Identity Formations, Seminar of Diversity, School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Resistance Against the Empire, Annual International Conference/Retreat, Alternatives Canada, Montreal


Publications

with Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Lee, E. (eds.) The Color of Queer Health Care: Experiences of Multiple Oppression in the Lives of Queer People of Color In Canada. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société, 2008

with Ryan, B., Brotman, S. & Lee, E. (eds.) Intersections: Cultures, sexualités et genres. Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, Coll. Santé et Société, 2006

Education

Master of Art, 2008, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Bachelor of Art, 2004, McGill University, Montreal, Canada