Art Lift - Feb 08 2021
HHe speaks as a refugee artist,
He opposes immigration discrimination under Eurocentrism,
He's Hami Bahadori, who lives in Seattle, artist and curator,
He founded “inside an airport”, a platform for migrants and refugees to speak out about the injustices they are facing.
01. About justice
During the epidemic, people were forced to live in quarantine. "Inside AN Airport" launched the“GREATEST QUARANTINE ART EXPO”, allowing interested artists to take advantage of the opportunity to share their "quarantine creations" in the limited home space. Hami Bahadori is one of the curators of the fair. In the face of the virus that is sweeping the world, the privileged are no exception. Hami sees new hope for interracial justice.
Born in Iran at a working class family, Hami had a happy and focused childhood. His father was an amateur painter, whose dedication and passion ignited Hami's pursuit of art. This led Hami to follow the path into the Supreme Hall with pure passion, and to carry the backpack of justice and morality. Hami remembers asking his father for advice on shadows in his paintings, but years later, he didn't hesitate to reach out to artists in the shadows.
As a teenager, Hami Migrated with his family to the West due to economic instabilities. After graduation from art school, he continued studying art in different European countries such as Italy and Finland.with his family to many countries, finding his world expanded dramatically. I have witnessed real "international citizens" and heard many stories about "forced immigration". Whether because of the unforeseen deterioration of the climate, or because of the inevitable war, they have to leave their homes. There is no way back for them.
Eurocentrism's exclusion and discrimination against ordinary immigrants has put them in an unescapable bind.
02. Night and morning at the border of the group
"Maybe one week is not enough to get us beyond capitalism, but it is certain that even hell has been rid of capitalism."
Hami Bahadori found his passion in photography. He studied at the University of Washington and the Helsinki University of the Arts in Finland, and set up his own Photography and Media Studiostudio In Seattle.
The theme of migration and Western colonialism is a constant source of material for Hami, whose art tells poignant stories of migration and attack the rigidity of orientalism. Photography and moving images are his artistic medium of choice where he conveys his thoughts on privilege and race.
Hami Bahadori and [His partner] Jo Kjaergaard, another prominent Helsinki-based artist, collaborated on "T̶H̶I̶S̶ ̶W̶O̶R̶K̶S̶ ̶D̶I̶F̶F̶E̶R̶E̶N̶T̶L̶Y̶" a deep reflection and expression on migration, politics and privilege. One project, “Wreck”, tells the history of maritime shipbuilding and migration; This harrowing expression of a shared history is the highest respect for the truth depicting the suffering of forced migration.
Today, these vulnerable immigrant groups on the continent are still discriminated against. To this end, Hami decided to provide opportunities for fringe artists, and he is full of anticipation and vision for the future. Even the smallest voices, collected together, can also be gathered into a firm source of power. To believe that the boundaries of the community will at last see the light, the cold of the morning will be worth enduring.