October Scintilla Art Box Project Curator and Featured ArtistWebsite: kianahonarmand.com Instagram: @kianahonarmand
This month's curator for Scintilla Art Box Project is Kiana Honormand.
Honormand is an interdisciplinary artist, based in San Francisco, who’s work focuses on historical and personal experience of censorship within their home country of Iran. Much of the work underlyingly references Iranian culture and communication, as well as material history through both method and media of the process of the work.
Honormand selected work from five immigrant artists to be featured in October’s Scintilla Art Box Project. Each artist addresses their own unique subject matter, with the work serving as a reflection of their past and immigrant experience.
Q:How do your approaches in material and media relate to deeper concerns regarding content and concept?
A: "Each material and medium has its own historical and symbolic significance. When I’m in the process of developing new work, I typically start with a concept and then conduct research on what materials and media seem appropriate for the message I am trying to convey. For instance, I am currently working on a body of work which focuses on mandatory hijab in Iran. In this project, the main material that I am using is black fabric to reference the history and concepts behind the material itself. I am creating laser cut garments and wearable sculptures. To further elaborate on the issues I am addressing in this series, some of the sculptures are subsequently used to create performances which are recorded in videos. As an interdisciplinary artist, I always and myself having to learn how to work with new materials and processes. Previously, I have worked with materials such as wood, metal, ceramics, paper, fabric and various media such as photography, mixed media, video, sculpture and installation."
Q: What excites you about the current state of the art world? Any specific shows, curators, critics, institutions, trends, themes, or changes?
A: "The most exciting thing for me in the art world at the moment is the fact that there is a new attempt to include more diversity in galleries and museums. For a very long time, the art world has been dominated by men, and it is refreshing to see the work of women artists and people of color being represented . We still have a long way to go, but the future looks more promising. I am also glad to have moved to a place where it has a diverse art scene, so I can witness this transformation in person."