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.
Art GenèveJanuary 7, 2019
31 January - 3 February 2019 | Preview: 30 January
We are pleased to participate at this year’s edition of art genève 2019, with a dedicated feature to the pioneering conceptual artist Hassan Sharif (1951 – 2016) and Dubai-based artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. Our presentation will include an array of paintings, works on paper, objects, sculpture and installation manifesting as a dialogue between the artists whilst providing further scope of their practices, both individually and collectively.
Additionally, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian have been invited to include their collaborative 'moving painting' animation, Macht Schön, 2016, at a special video section of the fair curated by Samuel Gross entitled Turbulent Horizon.
Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianThe Rain Doesn’t Know Friends from Foes January 7, 2019
Frye Art Museum, Seattle
Curated by Amanda Donnan
26 January - 28 April 2019
We are thrilled to announce that Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian will have a collective exhibition entitled The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends from Foes at Frye Art Museum in Seattle, USA. Together, they collaboratively work to create installations, paintings on paper, and stop-motion animations that transform found materials in order to recast and critically examine contemporary history-in-the-making. The Dubai-based Iranian artists’ animations are composed from thousands of individual works on paper, in which they collage and paint over printed stills from internet videos and television newscasts. Detaching this imagery from its original context to estrange its meaning, their works interrogate the entertainment value of the news and the voyeuristic role of the spectator as a passive consumer of mass media spectacle.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam RahmanianSpecial Project & Book Launch October 9, 2018Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), Turin
The major exhibition of Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian forgive me distant wars for bringing flowers home has come to an end on September 30, 2018 coinciding with the launch of a beautiful catalogue published by OGR and edited by Abaseh Mirvali. Copies of the book will be available at our gallery in Dubai from November.
ArtissimaOctober 9, 2018
Booth: Dialogue, Orange 11
Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin
2 - 4 November
Preview: 1 November
Dedicated to the collective and individual practices of Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, the booth will manifest as an unfolding continuation of their major exhibition forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), Turin, which recently took place from 12 July till 30 September 2018.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianLike clouds, the forms of the world turn into one another September 22, 2018
Centre d’art Contemporain Chanot, Clamart
Curated by Madeleine Mathé
22 September - 9 December 2018
Screening: 17 November at 5pm
As part of the current exhibition, Like clouds, the forms of the world turn into one another, at CACC in Clamart, France, Madeleine Mathé is curating a special one night event manifesting as a film project related to the medium of drawing. The project will thematically focus on drawing borders, both geographical and geopolitical, with the screening taking place on 17 November at 5pm. Amongst other participant artists for this one night occasion, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will present their 'moving paintings', entitled From Sea to Dawn (2016) and Big Rock Candy Mountain (2015-16).
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianBusan Biennial 2018 September 9, 2018
Busan, South Korea
Curated by Artistic Directors: Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser
8 September - 11 November
We'd like to congratulate Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian on their inclusion at The Busan Biennale 2018. As an independently created international contemporary art exhibition, the Busan Biennale has distinguished itself from other biennials with its expression of Busan’s city identity and its experimental and dynamic exhibitions.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianNight of Another Spring September 9, 2018
In Situ Fabienne Leclerc, Paris
Part I: PREVIEW: 15.09.2018, 18 – 21H, 15.09 – 13.10.2018
Part II: OPENING: 20.10.2018, 18 – 21H, 20.10 – 17.11.2018
In Situ Fabienne Leclerc is pleased to announce Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian’s first solo show at the gallery entitled, Night of Another Spring, that is happening in two parts.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANForgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home June 10, 2018
Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), Turin
Curated by Abaseh Mirvali
12 July - 30 September
We are pleased to announce Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's solo exhibition Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR) - a former late 19th-century train repair facility, which has recently reopened as a multipurpose cultural centre. The exhibition aims to unveil the artistic practice of the trio by focusing on their methodology, communication, and construction of their works. Over the past few decades, Ramin, Rokni, and Hesam have shared a life philosophy that has allowed for mutual creation, during which their individual practices interact with their collaborative ones and which is informed by the understanding and technical skills of other people. From the dialogues they build among themselves and with other artists, friends, and collaborators-including stage director Joan Baixas, robotic engineer John Cole, community artist Niyaz Azadikhah, and writer and film producer Mandana Mohit, these artists have established a personal language that has enabled them to present different layers of content and texture in their work.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANMountain of Tongues May 3, 2018
BACKLIT Gallery, Nottingham
26 May - 17 July
Featuring Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's video animation Big Rock Candy Mountain, alongside works by Slavs and Tatars, Samson Young, Taus Makhacheva, Leila Al-Yousuf and Ryan Heath, the exhibition refers to the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia, known for its large number of distinct languages and cultures.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANCommunity Activation: (Re)Making National Memories - Playing with Narratives May 3, 2018
Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi
Ramin & Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will host a participatory community activity at Warehouse421, experimenting with archival images from the UAE's history. Originally created for the UAE's National Pavilion at Venice Biennale, Rock Paper Scissors: Positions in Play, this exercise re-interprets archival photographs, including images of Sheikh Zayed and pivotal moments in the history of the UAE by magnifying some of their less obvious peripheral elements. Visitors are invited to take part using their mobile phones or cameras, re-photographing the archival images and finding their own story in them.
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.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianSelections Magazine March 4, 2018
Curriculum Vitae # 44
Ramin Haerizadeh's work graces the cover of Selections Magazine's recent issue, which invited 22 artists to share their Curriculum Vitae in the most artistic way possible and in the manner in which they'd like to present themselves. The trio is featured in the magazine, each artist's submitted Curriculum Vitae below:
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianIshara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages March 4, 2018
Screening and Discussion
Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Wednesday 7 March, 7:00 pm
As part of the public programme for Ishara, guest artists Ramin, Rokni and Hesam will be in conversation with exhibition curator Karim Sultan to discuss ideas of communication, language and storytelling. This dialogue will explore the references accumulated by the artists, tracing their influences that relate to the theme of language and sign-making.
The screening will focus on Aakkaandi (2014-15) a 35 minute 17 second long video that depicts a pig-faced tourist-curator clutching a tote bag visit a tailoring shop to get a new dress copied. A doctor and his violently shushing nurse administer everything from injections to dental reconstruction. Improvised with Idrani Sirisena and Edward St, who live and work at the villa that the artists share, these short, simple vignettes are interspersed with the couple's recollection of the Sri Lankan Civil War and the political machinations that stoked the conflict. The work culminates in a collaboratively painted canvas that they steadily layer with Tamil lettering. Several sections of Aakkaandi were filmed by Edward St and many of the images in the film are inspired by the works of exiled Tamil poets, particularly 'The Aakkaandi Bird' by Shanmugam Sivalingan and '21 May 1986' by R Cheran.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianIshara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages March 4, 2018
Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Curated by Karim Sultan
5 March - 1 April
UAE Unlimited, in collaboration with Alserkal Programming presents Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages featuring works by 10 UAE-based artists Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi, in addition to visual poetry by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The concept of the exhibition is derived from a broad understanding of the meaning and use of language. The curatorial process for the exhibition has been thematically informed by the idea of "lingua franca," which hints at constructed, second or third languages that were used to aid communication between various groups or in situations where communication was difficult.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANArt Dubai - Global Art Forum March 4, 2018
Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Commissioned by Shumon Basar
Wednesday 21 March, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, alongside Yuri Pattison, Ania Soliman and Melissa Gronlund will discuss how artists are engaging with technologies of automation, as well as the ever-increasing automation of the world. What new kinds of aesthetics, experiences and knowledge emerge. From interactive puppetry to robot choreography via the unconscious intent of algorithms, the artists discuss their ideas and work, and the complex concerns facing the current moment.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe Maids October 28, 2017
MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
28 October 2017 - 8 January 2018
Recipients of the second edition of Han Nefkens/MACBA prize, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian present a collaborative exhibition at Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. The Maids is a multi-part exhibition created in response to the city of Barcelona, and the result of a two-year process the artists call "an assembling of a collective body." As artists, collaboration is central to their practice. Their goal is to create more equitable forms of artistic exchange by inviting different makers to contribute freely and independently to ongoing works in progress.
For their MACBA project, the artists sought out Joan Baixas, the famed Catalan puppet artist and stage director whose work they have long admired. They also extended invitations to artist Niyaz Azadikhah, who has been leading community-based women's sewing workshops in Tehran; John Cole, a robotics engineer who specialises in sensors; and an international group of writers, including Mandana Mohit and Sohrab Mahdavi.
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.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANSpeak, Lokal February 12, 2017
Curated by Daniel Baumann
4 March - 7 May
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian participate in Speak, Lokal, a group exhibition that focuses on how artists worldwide investigate and broach local conditions. All sorts of artistic practices come into play, from activism to "archivism", from photography to graphic novels, from documentaries to performances and research based communal efforts. Paradoxically, the restricted and highly connoted territory of the Local is perceived as a place of autonomy and liberation, a space where precision is possible and needed to uncover discrepancies and make a difference. If Speak, Lokal is foremost an optimistic proposition, it does not gloss over the ambiguity of the Local as it neighbours on the dangerous territories of nationalism, provincialism, and commercialism - a trend typified in the well-known slogan "Buy Local!" Perhaps, after all, the Local is just a fiction (or a phantasy) - albeit a powerful one. The trio will premiere their new rotoscope animation From Sea to Dawn, which sees them print almost 3000 stills from news footage, paint on each of the printed images, photograph the results and stitch them together to form the 6 minute 21 second video.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence February 12, 2017
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Curated by Valerie Hillings, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Sarah Dwider and Maisa Al Qassimi
Beginning 8 March
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has commissioned Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian to create an immersive and interactive installation for the second exhibition of works from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. Entitled Another Happy Day (2016-17), the installation emphasises the resonance of the past in the present and the power of representation across time by charting a historical continuum from the 1930s to today. The multi-room installation will feature site-specific paintings, videos, and artworks by artists including Nargess Hashemi and Laleh Khorramian and from the artists' art collection. It will take visitors on a journey through distinctive yet interconnected episodes or acts that offer reflections on the nature of art and how we represent ourselves and the world in which we live through words, images, gestures, and movement.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANRock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play January 18, 2017
National Pavilion United Arab Emirates
57th Venice Biennale
Curated by Hammad Nasar
13 May - 26 November
While the exhibition explores notions of 'playfulness' in artistic practice, the role of 'play' and how it is nurtured, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will respond to this theme in the accompanying publication by overhauling a significant section of its pages. The book becomes an additional site of the exhibition and speculatively, its expansion. Through the hand of the three artists, a book is no more a book, relinquishing its original purpose to the conquering folds of a new work, which in turn spins a complex web of alternative images. The intervention will be at the fulcrum of their unique collaborative practice: characters fusing into one another, one artist may execute the ideas articulated by the others, the three often blurring together becoming composite.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANSocial Calligraphies December 1, 2016
Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Curated by Magda Kardasz, in cooperation with Magdalena Komornicka
Until 31 January 2017
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's participate in Social Calligraphies, a group exhibition featuring works by artists from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The exhibition looks at history, culture, or the political, social, and economic problems of the artists' home countries from a distance, and presenting them in a broader framework. The theme of the show touches upon issues of identity, aesthetics of disappearance, war and culture, the archeology of future (set between the realm of local legends and science fiction), geometry and architecture, the position of women (in between tradition and global dreams), and the role of the artist. The Haerizadeh brothers and Rahmanian present a video animation Big Rock Candy Mountain (2015) and a film Chai-e Iran (2013).
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.
Art Basel Hong Kong 2016March 24, 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
24 - 26 March
We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Basel Hong Kong with a collaborative booth by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, where the trio will continue a theatrical approach to exhibition making by presenting an accumulation of collages, watercolours, paintings and assemblages produced collectively and individually. The booth conveys as much insight into their practice - the ritual of living and working together - as it is a playful affront to the romantic notion of the solitary, singular artist, and his work.
ART DUBAI 2016March 16, 2016
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
16 - 19 March
We are pleased to participate in the 10th edition of Art Dubai with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian, Mohammed Kazem and Xu Qu.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANHer Majesty? March 15, 2016
Published by Edition Patrick Frey
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's Her Majesty? is a limited edition facsimile where the trio have completely overhauled the XL coffee table publication, which was published by Taschen Verlag in 2012 about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty? is now available at the gallery and each book comes with a unique, handmade cover of only 600 copies.
For more information and to order a copy online, please click here.
ARCOMadridFebruary 24, 2016
IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, Spain
24 - 28 February
We are pleased to participate in the 35th edition of ARCOmadrid where Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will present works from the Big Rock Candy Mountain series.
Much of the artists' work involves the appropriation of images and objects from magazines, markets, the Internet and mass media. In preparation for Big Rock Candy Mountain, they printed 1000 stills from news footage, painted on each of the printed images, photographed the results, and stitched them together to form the video. The source imagery depicts the destruction of cultural artefacts in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq by individuals affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS). By slowing down the imagery, the artists discover obscure details, relationships, and editing techniques that they intensify through their own manipulations, including doubling, collage, and figurative drawing.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANFlow Series February 8, 2016
Auditori Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Aragó 255, 08007, Barcelona, Spain
8 February at 7.30 pm
We are pleased to announce Ramin & Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's participation in Flow Series #2, where they will be in conversation with Rosa Lleo, founder of The Green Parrot.
Flow Series a programme promoted by the Fundació Han Nefkens and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies with the aim of bringing together members of the art world from different continents and contexts. Encounters focussing on an artist and their ongoing work are the object of a conversation followed by a meal. An invitation to discuss the implications of a global dimension in the work of contemporary artists while sampling the edible creations of local artists.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe Birthday Party December 16, 2015
ICA | The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Organised by assistant curator Ruth Erickson with curatorial assistant Jeffrey De Blois
Until 27 March
The Birthday Party is the trio's first museum exhibition in the USA and borrows its title from a 1953 play by Nobel prize winning English writer Harold Pinter, a surreal comedy about a party organised as a ploy to get the character to sit down. The Haerizadeh brothers and Rahmanian began their version as a kind of a party-cum-performance in August at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. During the performance, they shuffled around the space in costumes made of long prayer robes that obscured their vision, spilling paint across a floor they constructed, while unwrapping presents and making accumulative sculptures out of their contents.
In the current installation at the ICA, they bring together some of the remnants from the performance - the painted floor, the sculptures, and the video documentation - with a number of new works and a selection of works by other artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bahman Mohassess, Ree Morton and Hassan Sharif.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art November 21, 2015
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Until 10 April
All The Rivers Run Into The Sea. Over. / Copy. Yet, The Sea Is Not Full. Over. (2015) challenges the conventional modes of display and standards of value. Every inch of the room is covered, including walls and floors, with no concern for hierarchy and preciousness. Their medley of influences ranges from satirical folk theatre, illuminated manuscripts, miniature painting and Persian poetry, to Modernist art and Pop culture.
The trio discuss their collaborative practice in this youtube video: APT8 Artist Interview | Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian at QAGOMA.