Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianPublication: The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends from Foes March 4, 2019
Text by Amanda Donnan
Distributed by the Frye Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends From Foes: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian. Includes an interview between curator Amanda Donnan and artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian.
Rokni HaerizadehMedia Networks March 4, 2019
Tate Modern, London
Curated by Helen Sainsbury
Four portfolios of Rokni Haerizadeh's Fictionvile series are included in the exhibition Media Networks, displaying works from Tate Modern’s permanent collection examining how artists have responded to the impact of mass media and the ever-changing technologies that shape our world.
The invention of photography prompted speculation about the future of painting and whether this ancient medium remained relevant. But nearly two hundred years later, artists continue to explore the possibilities of making images with paint. For many, the flood of images from film, television, newspapers, social media and the internet has proved rich material for exploring the nature of representation.
ROKNI HAERIZADEHChaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century June 10, 2018
First Art Museum, Nashville
Curated by Mark W. Scala
22 June - 16 September
Borrowed from the collection of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a selection of works from Rokni Haerizadeh's on-going Fictionville series is presented in Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century. The exhibition features paintings by an international array of artists that induce feelings of disturbance, curiosity, and expansiveness through the portrayal of forces shaping and disrupting society, such as economics, ideological conflict, language, technology, science, and philosophy. "Haerizadeh's exaggerations bring out the savagery of the actions they depict, highlighting the bestial undertones of political rituals. Victim and aggressor are equally grotesque, as are landscape and architecture," notes writer Media Farzin in her essay Unpeopled: Cosmopolitan Figurations in Recent Paintings, published in the catalogue. Chaos and Awe will tour the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia in November 2018.
ROKNI HAERIZADEHUna Tempesta dal Paradiso April 3, 2018
Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM), Milan
Curated by Sara Raza, Paola Zatti, Omar Cucciniello
11 April - 17 June
Borrowing its title from a series of drawings by Rokni Haerizadeh, But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise - Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africaat Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM) marks the final exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Featuring works by Lida Abdul, Abbas Akhavan, Kader Attia, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Iman Issa, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hassan Khan, and Ahmed Mater, this exhibition features a diverse range of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving region and its international diaspora. The exhibition offers a cross-circulation of ideas rooted in science, mathematics and philosophy and raises urgent issues of migration and displacement in areas around the world, including Italy.
ART BRUSSELS 2018April 3, 2018
Tour & Taxis, Brussels
19 - 22 April
We are pleased to participate in the 50th edition of Art Brussels with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem as well as collaborative and individual works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.
Rokni HaerizadehBut a Storm is Blowing from Paradise March 4, 2018
Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM), Milan
Curated by Sara Raza, Paola Zatti, Omar Cucciniello
11 April - 17 June
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa at Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM) marks the final exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Featuring works by Lida Abdul, Abbas Akhavan, Kader Attia, Ergin Cavusoglu, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Iman Issa, Gulsun Karamustafa, Hassan Khan and Ahmed Mater, this exhibition features a diverse range of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving region and its international diaspora. The exhibition offers a cross-circulation of ideas rooted in science, mathematics and philosophy and raises urgent issues of migration and displacement in areas around the world, including Italy. A selection of drawings from Haerizadeh's But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, which lent the exhibition its title will be presented.
ROKNI HAERIZADEHROKNI HAERIZADEH WINS THE OGR AWARD November 6, 2017
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde congratulates Rokni Haerizadeh for winning the OGR Award for his on going Fictionville series. The works were chosen for their engaging images that find overtones in the contemporary world. The artist extends the boundaries of painting to transform news, photographs and images of current events into mythological visions that reveal a corrupt circus of humanised beasts and other unreal creatures, all inserted in a fantasy landscape. Haerizadeh sees art in everyday life, without drawing boundaries between the two worlds. The international jury composed of Fawz Kabra, New York-based independent curator, Abaseh Mirvali, independent curator of contemporary art and architecture based between Mexico City and Berlin, and Nicola Ricciardi, artistic director of OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino, chose Haerizadeh's works from 206 galleries participating at Artissima. The exceptional approach taken by the OGR Award makes collaborations with the winning artist possible; to further explore enlightening and immersive artistic practices.
ARTISSIMA 2017November 3, 2017
Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin
Booth DS 05
3 - 5 November
Preview: 2 November
We are pleased to participate in Artissima in the newly-added Disegni section with works by Dubai-based Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh from his celebrated Fictionville series. The booth will explore the visual narrative of these works, where the artist isolates still and moving images from news media and transforms them with expressive painterly gestures into scenes of grotesque fantasy and ribald humour.
ART DUBAI 2017March 15, 2017
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
15 - 18 March
We are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.
ROKNI HAERIZADEHRebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians February 12, 2017
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Curated by Fereshteh Daftari
Until 4 June
Rokni Haerizadeh participates in Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, which looks at the use of power, humour, mysticism, and poetry in contemporary Iranian art to both openly and subversively critique subjects such as gender, politics, war, religion, and spirituality. Whether in Iran or in the diaspora, the artists' narratives have been informed by conditions triggered by the 1979 Revolution and by the pressures in the larger world. While some of the works in the exhibition reflect the socio-political tensions of the past 25 years, others transcend them to create all-embracing spaces free of strife.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianLiverpool Biennial 2016 May 8, 2016
9 July - 16 October 2016
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian have been commissioned to create a series of installations, performances and sculptures for Liverpool Biennial 2016. This will be realised through a wide range of media permeating throughout the city, with artwork revolving around the question "What if?", creating new narratives as audiences explore Liverpool Biennial. At Cains Brewery, they will create work on-site, using 'smuggled' objects shipped from Dubai to Liverpool by container.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianFrieze New York | Covered the Fingernails in Petals of Dahlia May 5, 2016
Focus, Booth A16
Randall's Island Park, New York
5 - 8 May
We are pleased to announce our participation in Frieze New York with Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, where the conquering folds of a new work imagined by the Iranian artist trio have transformed the New York Times-published Obama: The Historic Journey (2009) into a tale of our times. An onslaught of tropes sprung from globalized corporate visual culture, collaged onto the individually traced pages of the original book, cast a silhouetted Obama as the ultimate business manager. Strategies of concealing and revealing unfold across these pages, as the original images peer out from behind the masking of collaged imagery. The 27 drawings are excerpted moments from the wider sequence, freeze-framed and contemplated-a glimpse of the curtain being lifted on a largely unfathomable collaborative creation that ultimately seems to be the product of a sole hand.
Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian and Rokni HaerizadehART BRUSSELS April 22, 2016
22 - 24 April
Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
Prime Booth B50
We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Brussels with a prime booth featuring works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian, where a formal comparison will be drawn between the 3D weaving techniques and works on paper by both artists. The booth will be an investigation of Sharif and Redjaian's critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition.
Solo Booth B50-S
The solo booth will centre on a video animation Letter! (2014) by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh, which uses footage from a Femen protest, and shows how the protest is turned into its own hysterical, violent and performative spectacle once the gaze of the media is present. Haerizadeh refers to his videos as 'moving paintings' to emphasise the pulse of the video. He purposely doesn't refer to them as animations as he's not tracing a movement between frames, instead, each movement is enacted in these individual hand-painted frames to create an erratic pulse, and also merges thousand of individual paintings into one durational piece.
ROKNI HAERIZADEH AND MOHAMMED KAZEMBut a Storm is Blowing from Paradise April 21, 2016
Guggenheim, New York, USA
Curated by Sara Raza
29 April - 5 October
But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise is the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and borrows its title from the 24 recently-acquired drawings by Haerizadeh. The exhibition illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region's diaspora by presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim's permanent collection. Kazem will participate with a large scroll work, entitled Scratches on Paper, which was also part of the 12th Sharjah Biennial. Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to Istanbul's Pera Museum in 2017.
ABU DHABI ARTNovember 18, 2015
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 - 21 November 2015
We are pleased to participate in the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Art with new works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Rokni Haerizadeh. Additionally, a large-scale copper sculpture by Sharif will be featured in the Beyond section, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, which aims to bring art to the public arena under the theme of Bliss.