Astera Mortezai is an experimental artist who lives and works in the Netherlands. She is born in Saqqez, Iranian Kurdistan, in 1980.

In 2009, she started to work on clandestine performances in Tehran, in which she places the human body in direct contact with a social context denied of all sensuality. Originally a performance and theater artist, Astera Mortezai creates works with improvised scenes influenced by literature.

Her scenes are like instant compositions: with lines, dots, and volumes, using material as signs to shape narrative and poetic interactions between body and object: for instance, an unwrapped roll of paper in the form of a line becomes a wrapping volume, a cloth in Papier Bos.

In many instances, this close relationship between body, signs, words, and objects, becomes dialectical: accessories become partners, the human interacts with disembodied signals: in That Is Not Enough, The performer frantically writes on her body to answer a mechanic voice. 

The body, as a poetic object/sculpture, connects to its environment and expands in it, penetrates, then makes other organs; just like an environmental sculpture. In my work, I want to highlight the presence of the body Hic et Nunc: when we are in a specific space, our body is here; it cannot be elsewhere, she says.

Astera Mortezai continually tries to find ways to make communication between space, time, body, and voices. She explores small cracks in the social order to find some moments of spontaneity to share with the public, like a living poem. 



Nicolas Manenti