Nikta Mohammadi (she/her) is an artist and producer who works with moving image, performance, writing and sound. Mohammadi’s practice is rooted in her dreams and the splendour of mundane details of day-to-day life. Previously, she has explored themes of dislocation, intimacy and loss with a playful approach to how language is constructed and used in her work.
Mohammadi leads us down and up a twisting, staggered path in the story of Windcatcher & Gargoyles, produced for her PANIC! project. Combining elements from Iranian, Islamic and Gothic horror literature together with local myths and legends from Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Mohammadi has created a new myth that reflects on her life in today’s Britain.
The work takes influence from Zār, a custom originating in cultures of the Horn of Africa and nearby regions of the Middle East, which personifies the wind(s) as a spirit(s) that can possess humans. The story is told through first person narration accompanied by an experiential and emotive soundtrack. Mohammadi has created the work predominantly using photographs which contrast with video, animation, performance and dance sequences.