Bita Fayazzi (b.1962, Tehran, Iran) is an artist currently living and working in Tehran. She has participated in a number of international and local art exhibitions for the Barbican Art Centre, 51st International Venice Biennial, Espace Louis Vuitton, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, Pergamen Museum, Berlin, Bonefantenmuseum, Mastricht, Maison Rouge, Paris and the Benetton Group, Italy, among others. Fayazzi has compiled two books, one covering her own projects and the other (commissioned by Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton’s Art Collection) covering the work of other artists. For the past 10 years, the main focus of her practice has been collaborative art projects.

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"''The Diva' is a film of my performance acted out in 2004 in Tehran and filmed by Fergus Meikeljon who travelled to Iran for a visit. It is meant to be performed as many times as possible in any of the future art venues in different part of the world. ... The Diva, a wanderer seeking hope and passion in the spiritual void of this world; an ongoing fable..... The Diva's dress is composed of silk-screen images of incidents, events, people and places which have had profound influence during my life in Iran. These images have been selected from family albums plus those printed in daily newspapers; parents' wedding, childhood memorial photos, family get-togethers, the Shah, the Iran-Iraq war, a friend who participated in the war, a martyr's tomb, public street hangings of criminals convicted of murder and rape, Ashura religious ritual, the city of Bam, before and after the earthquake, and more."

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