Over the years, I have developed a unique approach to community engagement through the act of mapping. I developed this workshop, first, through my research in Locating Belleville, where I studied annotated maps of Paris by residents of a particular neighbourhood. I then facilitated my first Community Power Mapping workshop at Shed X (Ann Arbor)… Continue reading Community Power Mapping
Ink on fabric and paper. Created using found cardboard packaging. 2020-2021.
An evolving body of work, راز دارم (razdar-am) is an exploration of names and secrets. Fibre, print, and poetry. Below are select works developed in my current research and sampling process.
Holding Horizon: Queer Cultural Spaces Now !/? By Darian Razdar This presentation is an adaptation of an essay featured in the self-published collection Toronto Queer: Erotic Experiments in Culture and Place (Summer 2020). Topics and keywords: queer, activism, culture, urgent, insurgent, planning, mutual aid, crisis. Works Cited (in order of appearance): Muñoz, José Esteban. Cruising… Continue reading Holding Horizon: Queer Cultural Spaces Now !/?
Greetings from Detroit… is a book made out of collage graphics and short written pieces in fulfillment of a creative writing course at the University of Michigan’s Semester in Detroit program, Summer 2015.
On April 21, 2018, we took to the streets of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan in a show of style, rage, and joy. Inspired by similar actions from across the globe, radfun–a collective of which I was a member–collaborated with FREED Magazine and Michigan Electronic Music Collective (MEMCO) to organize our very own guerilla fashion show. Our… Continue reading radfun Guerilla Fashion Show
In fulfillment of my Bachelors of Arts in Social Theory & Practice at University of Michigan, I conducted original research on a Parisian neighbourhood where I lived in 2017. This neighbourhood, Belleville, is located in northeast Paris and is home to residents of multicultural, immigrant, and working-class backgrounds. At the time, I was living with… Continue reading Locating Belleville: World City Systems and Spatial Agency
In May 2018, I mounted an exhibition called “Locating Belleville” with collaborator Clement Turner (BFA, University of Michigan School of Music) at the Residential College Gallery at the University of Michigan. This exhibition was the culmination of research and analysis for my undergraduate honors thesis in Social Theory & Practice, as well as Clem’s undergraduate… Continue reading Locating Belleville Gallery Installation