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.
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.
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.
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.