To Be Seen & Unseen


What if you could exist in the world without being directly subjected to the gaze of others? Through various theatrical modes, this performance challenges concepts of exposure, empowerment, and in/visibility.

You will be invited to take a journey with a performer. You will be invited to wear a costume, a traveler’s garment and a mask.

Inspired by masks used in Venetian culture, this mask will relieve you from social conventions and markers of identity. Along the way, we may share moments of silence, engage with others, or simply converse with each other.


To Be Seen & Unseen is a performance that challenges the control and surveillance of female bodies. It premiered at the 24th Iranian Women’s Studies Conference in Florence, Italy.

The performance was also presented at the opening of Akt III ich/io/me at Museion Atelier in Bolzano, South Tyrol. This was part of a group exhibition called 1+1=3, curated by Elisa Barison and supported by GAP (GLURNS ART POINT).

To Be Seen & Unseen was commissioned by Mare Culturale Urbano in Milan, Italy.

The costumes, set, and videos for To Be Seen & Unseen were featured in the group exhibition Fear No Art: Civic Engagement, Histories, Currencies, curated by Dr. Lara Bullock at San Diego Art Gallery. Guests read writings from previous performances aloud in Farsi, German, Italian, Spanish, and English.

Costumes designed by Kristina Foley

Masks created by Anna Rose