An unknown criminal from the Balkans - In particular, I choose to highlight those individuals who would ordinarily be marginalized, made invisible or forced into self-ghettoization from the urban domain such as migrant communities and their culture, particularly the communities from the Middle East and their diaspora. The question of visibility and invisibility, therefore, has been a situation that I actively explore within my practice. With reference to my earlier video work I create different scenarios of an unknown migrant figure known as ?M? who is presented in various public scenarios ( 2004, Rockerfeller Boulevard, 2004, Alcazar, 2004). Sometimes "M" is walking, running or busy creating informal structures using caution tape to raise claim for his own territory. ?M? is forever on the move, mostly with his belongings in his suitcases in tow, always already aware of the fact that as a guest he may be asked to leave at any given moment.
Artist: Shahram Entekhabi
Production year: 2005
Catalogued as: EXPERIMENTAL, PERFORMANCE, CULTURE/IDENTITY, GENDER/SEXUALITY