I am Cocovan, I’m 30, and I am a French-Iranian performance artist and musician. I was born and raised in Paris, where I began my artistic journey as a Pop singer at 16, and eventually relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue my music dreams. And pop music is what I did for 10 years - releasing multiple EPs, touring internationally, and working with Pop’s biggest names. But after a 10 years - I decided to start exploring beyond sound, with a different art form: performance art.
In 2016, I began “Poetic Interventions” – a series of public art performances-installations. Set up directly in the street, the 8 hour ephemeral pieces, always poetic and dreamy, are meant to enchant the urban environment and disrupt the daily routine with unexpected beauty. Meeting instant success, I decided to put my music career on hold to focus solely on performance art, and take these installations all around the world. Whether sitting on the moon on Paris's infamous Pont des Arts, covering Venice Beach with petals, or laying down on a bed in the streets of London, I’d like to remind everyone that poetry can be found anywhere, especially where you wouldn't think to look.
One of those public installations spontaneously evolved into the ongoing art project, "The World Letter". In the participatory piece, I invites all of humanity to write a collective love letter to the world. 2 years into founding the project, I have now gathered entries from more than 20,000 people, from 132 countries, and have performed The World Letter in New York, Rome, Bogota, Berlin, Mexico City – etc. A 450 meters long scroll, the World Letter is now the longest love letter in the world, and continues to grow everyday! The World Letter has been performed/exhibited at Art Basel Miami 2017, the Cannes Film Festival 2018, and Refinery 29’ 29 Rooms in NY and Los Angeles.
My work has been covered in Billboard, Noisey, DAZED, Perez Hilton, PAPER Magazine, Paste Magazine, LA Weekly, Artnet, Refinery 29, France Info, Konbini etc.
I run my own non-profit organization, and love to speak about the stories and lessons i’ve learned along this crazy journey: I have given a TEDx talk at Columbia University, and spoken at the UN headquarters in NYC, or as part of the JED Foundation speaker, among other.
I am based between NYC and Paris.
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