Kosar Movahedi, Artist – Victoria

Kosar Movahedi lives and works on the unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples in Victoria. Through photography, drawing, installation, and sculpture, her work uses humor and play to complicate our perception of space and surfaces, blurring the line between artworks and exhibition space. She holds an MFA from the University of Victoria and a BSc in Architecture from the University of Tehran. Her work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally and across Canada. Her solo exhibitions Fall Flat at the POMO Arts Centre and Folly at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Arts are currently on view until July 8 and June 22, respectively.

  1. Beyoncé

I’m ashamed to say I used to think she was overrated. But after going to the Renaissance tour, I became a believer. Some of the best art I’ve ever experienced; the futuristic sci-fi aesthetics in the glowing stadium with robots and acrobats was like a platform for contemporary myth, for manifesting queer and Afro-futurist utopia. I felt part of something bigger; I thought about all the people and details it took to make this show. After listening to the Dissect podcast I started to appreciate her as an artist who credits and cites her influences and the cultures she references. She continues to bend genres and merges collective history with her music and visuals. During the show I thought: Beyoncé is decolonization.

  1. Working It Out podcast 

Comedian Mike Birbiglia interviews other comedians and writers to work out their ideas in progress. A lot of my ideas come from hearing other artists talk about their creative process. I like to draw inspiration from non-visual artists. I’m especially interested in humour and improvisation, and like listening to the craft of making a joke.

  1. Challengers soundtrack

Total banger. Listen while cleaning or working out.

  1. Lemonade

Don’t worry, I’m done talking about Beyoncé. I’m starting a lemonade stand with my friend Lindsey.

  1. Alhambra Palace in Spain

In my work I use motifs that include grids and/or puzzle-like shapes. I have been looking at the work of M.C. Escher and its links to the tessellating tiles of Alhambra that inspired him. (Tessellations are puzzle-like shapes that can cover the entirety of a flat surface.)