History of Art and Architecture

Golnar Yarmohammad Touski



Golnar Yarmohammad Touski is a doctoral student researching Iranian and Middle Eastern contemporary art at the department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh. As an artist, she studied painting and sculpture at University of Art in Tehran and obtained an MA of art history at Ohio University with a focus on contemporary Iranian performance art in diaspora. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, modernism studies, uneven and combined development, relational aesthetics, mobility, borders, and geopolitics.

Golnar works closely with art journals in Tehran, curated exhibitions on Iranian art, and is a practicing performance artist.

Selected Conferences

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:” Clandestine Dreams in Gelare Khoshgozaran’s rIAL & tError ; presented at Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art, UCSD 8th annual PhD conference, San Diego, CA, March 2015

(Keynote speaker: Amelia Jones)

Who Cares About the Environment in the Middle East? A Feminist Reading of Nature in Works of Naeeme Naeemaie, presented at Ohio University Art History Symposium, Athens OH, April 2015

Selected Art Projects

“Refrains for Uncertainly Sacred Spaces: a walking performance” by Phil Smith, participating performer, Stoke-on Trent, UK, 2014.

“a Dérive,” a walking performance piece in collaboration with Basil Masrizada (Syria), Athens Ohio, April 2015.

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, in progress

MA, Art History, Ohio University, 2014

BA, Sculpture, University of Art, Tehran, 2006