Eli Kabir works primarily in installation and performance. He has attended residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow and the Salina Art Center. Kabir has a BS in Studio Arts from Skidmore College, NY and an MFA from the University of Kansas. He currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.

In the performance Borderline, Eli Kabir engages with privilege, power, authority, and the United States border. This work makes a connection between the politics of the regulation of the US border through changing administrations, and the symptomatically diagnosed mental illness, borderline personality disorder, which is summarized as: “a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other[s]… unstable sense of self, … an extreme fear of abandonment, frequent dangerous behavior, a feeling of emptiness, and self-harm. Symptoms may be brought on by seemingly normal events.”

2016.rapidpulse.org performance photo by Holly Arsenault

RAPID PULSE 2017|sponsors

Rapid Pulse is made possible by the generous support from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries and SAIC Departments of Performance, Visual and Critical Studies, and Arts Administration and Policy; Lagunitas Brewing Co; Awake Cafe; Lovely Kitchen and Cafe; Five Star Bar; Opart Thai; Andrés Lemus-Spont/Building Brown Workshop; Kokorokoko; Standing Passengers; The Dill Pickle Food Co-op; Vincent Restaurant; Rosekill/Grace Exhibition Space; Spread Art; David Getsy, Jane Wenger; Daniéle Wilmouth; Cream; Jumptwist; Mr. Vibe; Ohio Art and Design; Felis Major Letterpress & Bindery. Defibrillator is made possible with support from the Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.