I am an Iranian artist, born in 1982, now resident in Paris. After studying photography and film in Tehran I pursued studies in Fine Arts in France. I first exhibited in Tehran in 2005, My magic box at Azad gallery. My work brings together diverse media: drawing, painting, photography, film, installation and performance, in long-term themed projects. As a project progresses, it may give rise to intermediate exhibitions in various media at different stages of the project.
My work in France includes the videos In search of Jesus (2006) and Blonde descending a staircase, a video-performance filmed at the Centre Pompidou (2008). At the Art-Athina international art fair in 2008 I participated in an exhibition of Iranian artists, Lion under the rainbow. This and other works were selected for Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, published by Thames & Hudson in 2009.
I then mounted Mamali and his doves in art? in Tehran in 2009 and Wonderland: 2500 years celebrations, shown first at the Smart Project Space in Amsterdam in 2009, then at the Nicolas Silin gallery in Paris in 2010, where the exhibition included a video installation on four screens. I curated the collective exhibition I. U. [Heart] at the Third Line gallery in Dubai (2010) and, in Paris, Good City for Dreamers: contemporary Iranian photography (2011). More recently, at the Nicolas Silin gallery, I put on two solo exhibitions: Occidental Icons (2012) and Daddy Sperm (2013).
I am now working through a big new project: “Wonderland (2,500 years celebration)”. This involves a 24-episode video: my personal view of Iran today, and 2,500 drawings, all based on the map of Iran. The title refers to the 2,500-year homage to Iran's monarchy in 1971 and the collective “dream” of an eternal, idealised Persia. These days, my country really is a wonderland!
Meanwhile, “Everybody Needs a Show” has evolved into something new but obviously related – “Mamali and his Doves in Art?!” again looking into the theme of narcissism, display and the artist. It was presented as a roomful of large-scale self-portraits in fancy frames of me in a series of “artistic” poses with “my” doves.
So the “show” goes on, but I’m still wondering who Mamali is.
Previous Group Exhibitions
"Iranian arts now, Cité internationale des arts, Paris
“Good city for dreamers”Nicolas Silin Galerie, Cruator and exhibitor
“Carte Blanche”, With his multiple reflections he feels secure, Art Video Film Festival, Cannes,France
"I. U. (Heart)." The Third Line, Dubai. Curator and exhibitor.
“Collection Dubai.” SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands, showing 60 collages from the “Wonderland” series.
“Ashura.” Aaran gallery, Tehran, Iran.
"Everybody needs a show." Photographic installation, “Lion under the Rainbow,” Athens, Greece.
SLICK ART FAIR, Focus Gallery, Paris, France (part of the FIAC contemporary art fair).
"Blonde descending a staircase." Video performance, "Urban Jalousie" biennial, Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany.
"Freedom." Performance with Behrouz Rae, Art Athina contemporary art fair, Athens, Greece.
"Radical Drawing II," Tehran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
"Karaoke Poetry." Performance with Alexandros Georgiou, parallel project of Athens biennial, Athens, Greece.
"Eraser Head", 9th biennial of Tehran, Iran.
Previous Solo Exhibitions
Broken SD, Video installation, Dastan basement gallery, Tehran
“Daddy Sperm, video installation, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris
“Occidental icons, painting exhibition, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris
“Wonderland (2,500 years celebration), Video Installation, Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris, France.
"Mamali and his doves in art?!" Installation, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
"Everybody needs a show." Performance series, ENSA Paris-Cergy art school, France.
"Light boxes." Wochdom Gallery, Paris, France.
"In search of stolen Jesus." Video installation, Limoges, France.
"My magic box." Exhibition of light boxes, Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran.