Pardis Alipour is a transdisciplinary artist based in Boston, MA. She received a BA in Architecture from the University of Tehran in 2019. She is a recipient of Dean’s Research award (2021), Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement (2021-2022), Montague Travel Grant (2022), Daynard Diversity Microgrant (2021/2022), and more. Her latest series: Holy Objects is selected for the latest edition of the Thresholds journal, a peer-reviewed journal of art and architecture published by MIT Press, which is forthcoming.
Through combining Islamic concepts like holiness, piety, and devotion to God with sexually charged objects and materials, I analyze, criticize, and physicalize the stratified experience of living under an Islamic theocracy. Born and raised in Iran about two decades after the Islamic Revolution, I soon learned that when ideology inserts itself in every aspect of life, inevitably, life blends into ideology, too. My work in a variety of mediums explores the tension between concepts and realities that were not designed to meet directly.
In dialogue with a system that uses bodies ideologically, all my projects relate to the body in some way. I use skin-like silicone, flesh texture, and sex toys to explore the dynamics of control and oppression. Islamic concepts, texts, and socio-political structures based on religion are the foundations of my practice. Alongside doing research on religious studies, I also research Iranian erotica websites and underground porn to find traces of religion in places where it does not belong.