Bahram is a Chicago based artist and educator. Born in Iran, a society with stringent regulatory control over all types of communication, Bahram developed a keen interest in understanding how the performance of individual actions could affect the outcome of our social encounter. Representation of the body is central to his works, becoming a tool for dissecting identity and the imprint of coded cultural language through the amalgamation of theory and practice.
Bahram's creative practice involves performance, installation, books, ephemera, social media, video and photographs, through which he examines the concept of impotent medium, such as texts that are incapable of conveying their intended message, destructed photos that are depleted from the iconic value of an image, and bodies that are unable to project the real identity of individuals. Within this destructive space lies an important and affirmative sentiment, which is the main objective in his relational practice: the possibility of relocating the meaning from the art object to the contingency of reception.
Bahram has shown nationally and internationally ranging from venues such as Toronto Media Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada; ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY; St. Mary’s College, MD; East of West Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA; Reed College, Portland, OR; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR; Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseburg, OR; Plâtre et Moi Gallery, Paris, France; Laatik-komo, Jyväskylä, Finland; The Emergent Art Space, Kolkata, India; Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran; Fravahr Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran; Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran.
Bahram's work has been reviewed and featured in Art Practical, PBS News Hour, Voice of America, The Santa Fe New Mexican, IranWire, Eugene Weekly, among others. His practice and research have been supported by grants and awards from the Tokyo Foundation for International Research, The Office of Research at the University of Michigan, Arts Endowment Committee at Indiana State University, Ford Alumni Center at University of Oregon, and Society for Photographic Education. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, where he held a teaching position as an adjunct instructor of Art for 5 years. Currently he works as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the Indiana State University since 2019.