Tannaz Motevalli is a second-generation Iranian-American performance artist, writer, and researcher. She grew up in Baltimore, MD, but is now based out of Chicago, IL. Her multidisciplinary practice, often starting from the central act and practice of writing, explores a variety of ideas and concepts including invisible disability/illness and its relationship to the performing body, the mediated and technological body, fantasies of the reproductive/reproducing body, performance lecture as a methodology for personal narrative, and exploring notions of interiority, self-containment, and self-actualization within the female erotic landscape. Tannaz has performed and exhibited works in the International Museum of Surgical Science, Links Hall, Comfort Station, Sector 2337, Roman Susan Gallery, Weinberg/Newton GalleryTCC Chicago, TriTriangle, The Chicago Home Theater Festival, 2nd Floor Rear Festival, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture.

Outside her artistic practice, she has worked as a standardized patient, an actor for medical simulation, as well as an archives and library intern for the Chicago Women’s Health Center and the International Museum of Surgical Science. Currently, Tannaz is working for Link Studio LLC. as a Museum Specialist, involving working as the on-site Exhibition Coordinator for the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program in the History of Medicine Division. Alongside working with the NLM, she is working to get her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in hopes of working with special collections and archives as supplementary to her performance, writing, and research practice.

You can reach her at motevallitannaz@gmail.com

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Photo taken by Peymaan Motevalli-Aliabadi.