Bita Fayyazi (born 1962, Tehran) lives and works in Tehran. Rather than a sculptor, installation artist or ceramicist, engaged in some mystic relationship with her materials, Fayyazi is an artist who works works within a more performative and markedly social practice. Beginning in mid 1990s, her artistic interventions challenged the official definitions of art that were often circulated in Tehran at that time. Fayyazi struggled to show her work amidst an atmosphere of stuffy traditionalism, academicism, and the influx of 1990s conceptual art from abroad. She successfully entered 2000 pieces of ceramic cockroaches into Tehran's 6th Biennial of Contemporary Ceramic Art, despite an attempt by several members of the committee to oust her work from the show. She cast and fired terracotta dogs (Road Kill, 1998), modelled on dead dogs found on the highways in Tehran, and then placed her works on the streets around the city, much to the consternation of onlookers.

 

Each of Fayyazi's work has its roots in a form of participative social sculpture of gathering whatever materials are readily available. She also brings together artists and non-artistically inclined collaborators who can wrap and entwine, paint and cast. She reconstitutes the energies of a multitude of people toward an uncertain result. The final object becomes less important than the process - the collective doing, and the love of doing - that preceded its creation. In addition to bringing her work to the streets and abandoned buildings of Tehran, Fayyazi has also presented major installations and performances internationally. She participated in the Iranian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and has exhibited at La Maison Rouge, Paris (2016), Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris (2008 and 2010), the Museum of Modern Art, Freiburg (2007) and the Pergamon Museum, Berlin (2008), among others.