Moez Surani’s Bio

Moez Surani Photographer: Alyssa Gerber

Moez Surani
Photographer: Alyssa Gerber

MOEZ SURANI’s writing has been published internationally, including in Harper’s Magazine, The Awl, Best American Experimental Writing 2016, Best Canadian Poetry (2013 & 2014), and the Globe and Mail. He has received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which supported research in India and East Africa, and he has been an artist-in-residence in Burma, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Taiwan, Switzerland, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. His visual and performance works have been shown in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille, and internationally at the Cross Gallery in Taipei, the New Zero Arts Space in Yangon, and at Palazzolo Acreide’s city hall in Italy. He is the author of three poetry books: Reticent Bodies (Wolsak & Wynn, 2009), Floating Life (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012), and Operations (Bookthug, 2016), which is comprised of the names of military operations, and reveals a globe-spanning inventory of the contemporary rhetoric of violence. Most recently, he has been working on Heresies, a collaboration with Canadian artist Nina Leo, and a group of international perfumers, to produce a line of custom scents that operate as lyric poems and express diverse and suppressed subjectivities. Heresies was part of a winter 2018 exhibition (curated by Lisa Deanne Smith) at the Onsite Gallery in Toronto. In an investigation of mediation, image and the senses, he is currently collaborating with Nina Leo on a collection of installation work. Visit: