Katayoun Arian is an independent curator, writer/researcher, as well as an organizer and dj with a background in art and new media theory, sociology, and anthropology. She has worked across different sites of the cultural and creative industry including various international contemporary art institutions and educational institutions. With an interest circulating within visual arts, new media theory, social histories, decolonial philosophies, and music culture, the red thread in her interdisciplinary practice is best described as an orientation towards different ways of knowing, sensing, and being while drawing on feminist and decolonial philosophies as foundational principles.
Her projects range from exhibitions, (archival) research, discursive events and screenings to reading circles and other forms of interdisciplinary and collaborative work. She is also the founder of FWD: Gher Space, which is an Amsterdam-based platform that aims to create a political space for a growing community of womxn, queer and femme identifying dj’s and artists. Currently, Katayoun is a fellow at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht), in the fellowship program of 2018/2019. Recent curatorial projects include Conversation Circle at W139 (2017), Grada Kilomba: Illusions at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2017), I Speak in Tongues at 37PK, Haarlem (2017) and Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2016).