Ramin Haerizadeh (born 1975, Tehran), Rokni Haerizadeh (born 1978, Tehran) and Hesam Rahmanian (born 1980, Knoxville) have lived and worked together in Dubai since 2009. They work independently and together propagating a form of collaboration that doesn’t suppress individualism. The seeds of their language were sown as early as 1999, back in Iran. Their practice offers up a novel redefinition of the collective, as theirs is constantly growing and contracting to incorporate friends, writers, and artists at large. Their individual practices differ stylistically while political and social commentary become inherently subversive in a common reflection. The exhibitions they conceive are as much insights into their daily practice, which they designate as the ritual of living and working together.
The collective has presented solo exhibitions at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2020); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019); Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), Turin (2018); MACBA, Barcelona (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (2015); Kunsthalle Zurich (2015) and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2015).
They have participated in group exhibitions taking place in prominent venues such as the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with an expansive installation entitled I Prefer Talking to Doctors About Something Else at The Powerhouse Museum (2020); the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art (2019); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark for Homeless Souls (2019) which won the 6th Global Fine Art Award in the Global Humanity category; the Phillips Collection in Partnership with the New Museum, Washington DC (2019). They showcased a multi-room installation for The Creative Act at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2017) and immersive installations across three venues for the 9th Liverpool Biennial (2016). In 2015, the trio presented at Queensland Gallery for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.
Their works are held in the collections of The Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Le Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, amongst others.
A monograph entitled Ramin Haerizadeh Rokni Haerizadeh Hesam Rahmanian was published by Mousse Publishing in 2015 and Editions Patrick Frey published a facsimile of their artist book Her Majesty? In the same year. A book about their 6-month exhibition entitled We Are Open For Installation at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai is currently in the works as well as a catalogue on their show at Schirn Kunsthalle entitled Either he’s dead, or my watch has stopped. Groucho Marx (while getting the patient’s pulse).