'Tales of precarity: Understanding the working lives of socially engaged artists who risk and who are at risk' Portrait of artist Farhad Berahman, by Tim Butcher, The Open University “Meeting Farhad, I learned from him not only his story of his arts practice, but also how he sees the world and his place in it. We talked about his roots, his journey, and how these inform not only his arts practice but also his work ethic and how he navigates the precarities of being an artist at risk and who risks.” @timunderscorebutcher
Farhad is an Iranian photographer living in the UK since 2013. His work sits between documentary photography, socially engaged art practice and sculpture. He takes inspiration from people he meets in his daily life. His work reflects the strong connection to his past and memories he might be struggling with; his present here in the UK and his journey through both. His work engages people in the process as participants, collaborators, they become part of the 'making'. Working with themes of memory and displacement, Farhad draws on his own lived experiences when working with participants who share same feelings of separation in their own lives. He researches methods of giving the power of image-making to others to express themselves and tell their own stories through photography.
Farhad will be working with artists collaborators at Who Are We? Project at Tate Exchange on Friday 24th May, as part of the #WhoAreWe commission. ‘Tales of Precarity’ is a conversation between The Open University researcher Tim Butcher and seven #WhoAreWeProject artists, about how they make sense of their career choices, what they see as main challenges to their practice, how they experience risk, how socially engaged artists working in neighbourhoods and with communities experience precarity, and more widely how workers in various sectors might navigate the increasingly precarious world of work.⠀
What risks do you take in your working life? Share your story, and the challenges you might be facing, whether you are an artist or not.
This is a #photography and #storytelling #Instagram based project, watch out for the seven stories, from 17th to 25th May.