I make art. I perform. I write. I collaborate. My work tends to involve live performance, voice and text. You can call me Tara or Dr. Fatehi, your choice. Below is a more sophisticated bio illustrating some of my easily measurable achievements in third person. If CVs are your thing, click here.
photo by Jemima Yong
Tara Fatehi Irani (b. Tehran, 1987) is an artist, writer and performer. She has been working across yearlong daily projects, performance, theatre, video, music, spoken word, dance and writing since 2006. Her work is at the intersection of the sociopolotical and the poetic and is primarily concerned with the ephemeral interactions between memories, words, bodies and sites. She has performed at the Royal Academy of Arts, United Nations Office at Geneva, SPILL Festival, Nuffield Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Toynbee Studios, Chelsea Theatre, HighFest and Molavi Theatre amongst other international sites.
Alongside making her own works, Tara works as a performer and voice artist in others' works. Currently working in pieces directed by Hooman Sharifi, Agnieszka Blonska, Simone Mousset and Renelde Pierlot.
Tara regularly collaborates with other artists, musicians, choreographers and writers. She is half of /gorizazmarkaz/ alongside composer and musician Pouya Ehsaei and is part of DARC (Documentation Action Research Collective) alongside Ernst Fischer, Holly Revell, Manuel Vason and Jemima Yong. Other collaborators include: Karen Christopher, Station House Opera, Setareh Fatehi, 30 Bird, Richard Dedomenici, Sarah Feli and Makan Ashgvari.
Tara's work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and publications. Her book Mishandled Archive is published by LADA (2020). She completed a PhD at University of Roehampton, London (2020) through which she proposed mishandling as a way to engage with archives through multivocality, pyromania, mythology and web‑archaeography. Alongside her practice, Tara teaches performance and theatre at various UK institutions (incl. Goldsmiths, Central School of Speech and Drama, Roehampton). In 2021, she was the first ever resident artist at the United Nations Archives at Geneva.
Current projects available for booking:
Mishandled Archive: performance and book
Always Already: performance and installation (with Karen Christopher)
Borderline Dialogue: video performance
Meridian Rhubarb: music, spoken word, multimedia (with Pouya Ehsaei)