30 May 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
Artist Talk
Artist Talk: Panteha Abareshi

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Panteha Abareshi, Impaired Erotics, O—Overgaden 2024. Photo by Rita Blue

Join us on Thursday 30 May at 4 – 5pm for an artist talk with LA-based artist Panteha Abareshi (b. 1999, they/them), unfolding the works in their current exhibition at O—Overgaden and the themes related to it.

In arresting sculptural gestures, Panteha Abareshi employs the experience of living in a chronically ill and disabled body, and its associated stigma. From their position as a wheelchair user living with an incurable blood disease, Abareshi exposes how the sick body is also one of continuous (medical) observation— and thus objectification. In their new series of sculptural works, created specifically for O—Overgaden, Abareshi, in their own words, unapologetically unfolds “the collision of violence and tenderness in caregiving to the sick body.”

Through elements such as leg-spreading orthoses or a gaping mouth mechanically forced open, Impaired Erotics questions the complex dynamics within caregiving, including implications of domination and submission, towards a taboo fetishization of the disabled body. The installations explore eroticism and pleasure around the disabled subject, drawing critically and aesthetically from “Crip Porn”—a highly charged visual material typically kept within hidden spaces.

Join the lecture online via zoom:
Meeting ID: 879 9111 6411 
Passcode: 560290

Currently O—Overgaden offers wheelchair access through its main entrance with a mobile stair climber, while working on obtaining permission to install a permanent stairlift to O—Overgaden’s listed building. O—Overgaden has four manual wheelchairs available for use at the event and in the exhibition until 2 June. Read more about the accessibility on O—Overgaden’s website here.

Panteha Abareshi (b. 1999, Montreal, CA) is an artist and scholar based in Los Angeles.Abareshi’s work has recently been shown in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Kunsthall Trondheim (2023); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2022); Kunsthaus Zürich (2022); and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2021).