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I am a Dutch-Iranian performance maker and sociologist. I make performative worlds in which image and sound are the driving forces. Working with sound reflects my desire to be faced with highly subjective, confrontational, and immersive forms of reality. In my practice, I scrutinize the human body as a material object in order to dissect social constructions, as I wish to grasp their absurdity and humor. Death and nothingness form the underlying motives of my work. Alongside my individual practice, I work as a collective with my brother Manuel Groothuysen.

Diane Mahín 

b. 1993 Maastricht, Netherlands | +31(0)625190654 |

1032 JX Amsterdam | 



2022 Sandberg Institute - MFA re:master Opera

2020 Maastricht, Institute of Performative Arts - MA Theatre

2019 Goldsmiths, University of London (UK) - MA Visual Sociology  (distinction)

2017 University of the Arts Utrecht - Preparatory Course Fine Art

2017 Utrecht University - BSc Sociology 

2017 Utrecht University - BA Liberal Arts and Sciences 

2016 University of California Santa Barbara (USA) - Exchange (art/philosophy/history)

2013 Utrecht University – Minor Media en Culture


Exhibitions and performances

09.2023    Director: GUT 5, Zaal 3, The Hague

06.2023    Director + Performer: trying to get cozy in the dark dark void, co-created with Manuel Groothuysen, ENTER Amsterdam

04.2023    Director: GUT 5, Rewire (Proximity Music), Trixie, The Hague

03.2023    Director: GUT 5, Club Huis, Het Huis, Utrecht

01.2023    Director: GUT 5, Come Together, Frascati, Amsterdam

12.2022    Director: a divine aversion to DYING, co-created with Just van Bommel, Beginnings, Frascati, Amsterdam

11.2022    Director + Performer: For a Long Time Now, co-created with Manuel Groothuysen, Performance Night, Z33, Hasselt

09.2022    Director + Performer: For a Long Time Now, co-created with Manuel Groothuysen, Amsterdam Fringe Festival
07.2022    Director: GUT 4, Over het IJ Festival, Amsterdam
05.2022    Director: GUT 3, Theater Kikker, Utrecht
04.2022    Dramaturg: One from The Heart, directed by Just van Bommel, Zaal 3, The Hague  
03.2022    Director + Performer: For a Long Time Now, in collaboration with Manuel Groothuysen, The Spectrum Space x Instrument Inventors Initiative the Hague
02.2022    Assistant-Director: CRISPR, by Davy Pieters, Theater Rotterdam

12.2021    Director: Winternights Maastricht, This Connection of Everyone with Guts

09.2021    Montage director: Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Thank you for your Beauty, Just van Bommel en Kiriko Mechanicus

07.2021    Director: Zeecontainerprogramma Over het IJ festival, I think it’s a good thing that you came here

03.2019    Postmortem Recordings, Expocafé Zamen, Amsterdam

11.2019    Intervention during ‘De Laatste Aai’, Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam

11.2019    Museumnacht Amsterdam, Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam

07.2019    SNACK – Sociology is Not a Complete Knowledge, Greenwich West Community & Arts Centre, London (UK) 

05.2019    Things to Do When You’re Dead, Cambridge City Crematorium (UK) 05.04.2019 Residual Matters, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)


03.2022 Instrument Inventors Initiative, The Hague

11.2021 NDSM-Theater Performance Technology Lab

07.2021 Pianofabriek Brussel Zomerresidentie GC De Markten

05.2021 WORM Rotterdam Performance Bar Residency 


Work experience and commissions

2021 Performer: To Carry the Sun, IDFA Meets, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

2021 Waitress: Jan van Eyck Academie, MAastricht

2019 Waitress: Expocafé Zamen, Amsterdam

2019 Trainee Public Programme: Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam

2019 Set designer: VASSIŁINA, Albany Theatre, London (UK) 

2019 Voice-over artist: Under Construction, door Julia Sterre Schmitz 

2019 Performer: Sorry, What? during Prelon Musk: Acts of Kleinness, in Asylum Chapel, London (UK), directed by Eilidh Delves 

2019 Co-curator: Residual Matters, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK) 

2017 Performer: Alles Over Iets en Dingen en Niets, during Prepare Festival, Het Amsterdams Theaterhuis, Amsterdam, directed by Diede Daalman 

2016 Producer: Jay’s Jazz Nights, Isla Vista, California (USA) 



2022 VIA ZUID Maker

2018- International Visual Sociology Association 

2016 IV Open Lab (community art organisation), Isla Vista, California (USA) 

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