Mortezaie’s work explores the paradoxes of contemporary culture through fashion, identity, and the inevitable cycle of branding leading to final imitation and copy. He implements traditional textile techniques of the hand and hand painting with modern sublimation Xerox printing using motifs from both east and west to adapt his own distinct post handicraft and post bootleg style. Mortezaie layers mediums into installations and satirical pop art fashion statements with set design and costumes to tell visual stories by creating dreamscapes where fantastical characters inhabit in a fashion that poses questions.
Mortezaie’s body of work is characterized by a sort of multidirectional citation; that is, an aesthetic reference to multiple symbols and past and present temporalities in queer, middle eastern, and immigrant diasporic life which are often positioned as ideologically oppositional.
Hushidar Mortezaie was born in Tehran and immigrated to the Bay Area in 1975.