Contact: info@kamranbehrouz.com

Kamran Behrouz (1984) is a Visual Artist, born and raised in Tehran, currently working and living in Zurich. Their PhD, entitled ‘Cosmopolitics of the Body’, uses posthuman critical theory as a navigational tool to examine the boundaries of bodies and humanity’s embedded and embodied cultures. They work with multiple medias, and combines the act of painting with animation, installations, motion capture, and (virtual)performance. Their works deal with ‘politics of location’ in association with Cosmopolitics. Kamran saturates the Queer Identity throughout their art, in order to draw a cartography of belonging and displacement. Politics of image center their visual practices, transfigured in their theoretical works, as cultural translations, coding and textual trafficking. Kamran’s latest research is related to the translation of queer-feminist texts such Sara Ahmed’s latest essay into Persian language (a language that does not register gender), and immersive art as a form of knowledge production/distribution.




Current: 2017-2021
Ph.D. candidate in Fine Arts / Cultural Theory, Zurich university of Arts/ University of art and design Linz
Supervisors:  Nina Sellars (Australia)

2018: Utrecht University, Summerschool led by Rosi Braidotti

2017: Utrecht University, Summerschool led by RosiBraidotti

2011-2014 (MFA) Master of Fine Art, Zürich University of Arts, Zurich, Switzerland.
MFA Supervisor: Nana Adusei-poku

10/2003-8/2008 (BA) Textile and Fashion design, Azad University of Arts, Yazd, Iran.

Solo shows

2018: Corpoanarchy, Raum*station, Zurich, Switzerland.

2018: Ecology of expectorate and the politics of affirmation, Material, Zurich, Switzerland.

2017:  Stared back, installation, Villa-Wädenswil, Zurich, Switzerland.

2005: Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

2003: Elaheh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

Group shows

2019: ‘Corpoanarchy: Politics of radical refusal’, part of the group exhibition “AUF DER SUCHE”, Helmhaus, Zürich, Switzerland

2019: Non-linear history of open wounds, installation and lecture performance as part of the collective event: love Trans*formation curated by Jonah l.Garde and Simon Harder (Institute of cultural studies), Les complices, Zurich

2019: ‘Decolonizing Friday’, A series of painting in association with a lecture by Dr. Martin Mühlheim, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona, Zürich

2018: ‘Mugwumps’, part of a group show “Zurich from the point of view of cartoonists”, Zurich’s Central library, Switzerland.

2014: MFA Degree show, Shedhalle (multimedia installation), shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland.

2014: Installation ‘snail riding home’ ABContemporary Gallery (multimedia installation), Zurich, Switzerland.

2013-2018: moving atelier no.3, (A Nomadic Installation), Switzerland.

2012: Theatre Gessnerallee, Installation ‘Amygdala and my extracted body’ ,  Zurich, Switzerland.

2010: ‘boring bourgeoise’ , part of a Group exhibition, Atelier Z, Paris, France.

2008: Miniature in contemporary Art, Elahe Art Gallery (Painting),Tehran, Iran.

2007: 1st Biennial of Textile and Fashion design, Museum of Contemporary Arts,(painting) Tehran, Iran.


2016: 365 Etudes for celebrating pleasure, one year participatory performative research, Wädenswil, Zurich

2015: Tequila republic(Public Performance), Zurich, Switzerland.

2015: Double Click, (Public performance), Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland.

2014: Public poetry, (Public Performance), Zurich, Switzerland.

2013: “Hunger strike” , (Public Performance), Zurich, Switzerland(on going project).


Planned publications:
2019: Living a feminist life, translated by Kamran Behrouz
2019: collective publication, Taking sides, Theories, Practices, Cultures of Participation in Dissent
2019: The book chapter: Working the rhizome: using collaborative arts- based pedagogical practice to re-imagine education, In Emancipating Education: Considerations of Deferred Dreams and Visions for Change, eds. J Lupinacci, J Flynn, A Kemp
2018: Present a paper “Cosmopolitics of the body” at Utrecht University at a panel discussion with Rosi Braidotti (2018)
2017-2018: Publishing 10 months as illustrator at ‘critical thinking magazine ETH
2018: Presented the essay “Rejected Bodies” at Konztanz university, media and participation

Work Experiences

2019:Facilitating the workshop “staying with the “translation trouble of sex and gender” within New Alphabet School program at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin

2019: ad hoc teaching position for “Artistic Research – In Practice and in Theory” at MFA department of Zurich University of Arts, ZHDK

2018: ad hoc teaching position for Artistic Research at MFA department of Zurich University of Arts, ZHDK

2011-current: Working as a freelance Artist and textile designer in Zurich

2012-2014: Delivered private drawing and painting and textile design courses

2012: Delivered Art Strategies workshops for assistant professor, Domonique Lämmli, Zurich University of Arts (ZHDK)

2009-2011: Batik  and textile design Workshops, Tehran, Iran