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Chai Saeidi

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As a visual artist, I explore themes such as queer desire, transformation, gender, and dysphoria and find inspiration in my circle of friends. My work is influenced by theorists, poets, and activists such as Zanele Muholi, Judith Butler, Diane Arbus, James Baldwin, and Kai-Isaiah Jamal. The common denominator for these is the discussion about exclusion at various levels.

The photo series At Home I Feel Safe addresses the needs of queer minorities belonging, visibility and security. Gender-neutral individuals, like other minorities, will have to create their communities. It often results in non-traditional forms of intimacy and relationships - some of what I point out in the project.

I want to work with my complex status as a queer, non-binary artist with an Iranian background in Norwegian society. The impossible desire to be who I am appears to be an interesting paradox.