Masar Sohail (IQ/DK)
Studio Program (Resident, 2020)
Masar Sohail (1982) is a Danish-Iraqi visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. His art films have been screened at venues such as Kunsthalle Mannheim (DE), ARKEN (DK), Øregaard Museum (DK), the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (AE) and Göteborg Film Festival (SE). In 2018, Sohail’s work The Republic of T.M. (2016) was exhibited at Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE) where it won the Dorothea von Stetten Art Award.
Masar Sohail works with video, painting and graphics to address issues of identity and alienation. He often focuses on social, cultural and ideological communities, versus religion and nature. Using film and video as his primary media, he challenges dominant political discourses in an effort to suspend the rigid and alienating positions we create when we categorize each other. His works often have elements of humor and satire and challenge the relationship between fiction and reality. They also draw on familiar elements of popular culture and subcultures and mirror the film industry’s representation of masculinity, power and desire.