Katy Jalili (Katayoun Jalilipour, 1995-Esfahan,Iran) is a genderqueer Iranian born multidisciplinary artist, performer and writer based in London.
Katayoun writes freelance and was previously an opinion piece author for Shades of Noir on topics of social justice, racial identity, gender identity and intersectional feminism. They have also contributed to Gal-dem, Bustle, Huffington post, etc.
Katayoun was an elected welfare officer and trustee board member for Arts Student's Union between 2017-2019, where they led various campaigns around consent culture, sex workers rights and trans rights.
They graduated from Performance: Design and Practice at Central Saint Martin's in 2017 with a research on documentating experiences of oppression as an act of empowerment, with a focus on the queer femme identity.
Katayoun's visual art work focuses on physicality. They use their own body as the subject to discuss, poke fun, and disturb, through using digital mediums such as gifs, video and polaroid photography. They have exhibited their work nationally and held their first solo show in Academy of Fine Art-Prague (Winter 2018).
Katayoun’s performance work consists of topics around race, diaspora, gender: trans identity, sexuality and erotica. Their performances cover a variety of night club entertainment, (stand up) comedy, cabaret, live art, and spoken word.
Katy’s performances have been described as provocative, terrifying, erotic, political and wickedly entertaining. They have previously performed at many high profile venues as well as underground queer events including: Prime of Ms David Hoyle at Chelsea Theatre, Steakhouse Live, Deep Trash, Latitude Festival, Supernormal festival, Wilderness festival, Femmetopia Festival, Wotever World at Southbank Centre, Camden People’s Theatre, The ICA and The Marlborough Theatre.