b. 1990 los angeles, ca
Alexandre Dorriz is a research-based artist investigating auto-Orientalism, memory and fiber. In an ongoing series, he has archived his maternal family's history of working with and collecting textiles for four generations, much of the collection smuggled into North America during the Iranian Diaspora of the 1970s and repurposed as gowns by his mother in the 1990s. He has never been to Iran.
His current research is in finding memory seriations in fiber, breeding silkworms to investigate how temporal indices appear in silk cocoons and modeling localized economies in an ongoing studio installation entitled, “Economies of Small, or the Location of Capital”.
In 2016 he began editing an online open-forum for anonymous confessions and narratives behind the shame of conscientious white/euro/anglo-washing of identities, entitled “http://whitewash.directory”.
Recent writings and lectures include “Auto-Orientalism and Trauma” presented at the 4th Annual Middle Eastern Studies Symposium at California State University, Chico and “My Two Favorite Colonizers Have An Awesome Group Show: Genghis Khan at the Ronald Reagan Library” for Temporary Art Review.
2019 M.F.A. Candidate, Art, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
2013 B.A. Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
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