Shadi Harouni

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Artist Statement

I collect facts and fictions on how power attempts to erase and abolish, and on the kinds of ingenuity and strategy the individual employs to resist full erasure. I’m interested in this history of resistance formally, emotionally, and politically. I dissect and imitate these strategies in the form of architectural interventions, sculptures, photographs, prints, and videos. My research centers on the metaphysics and absurdities of hope alive in dead bodies, forbidden objects and forgotten spaces.

A “forestation” project undertaken to erase the graves of three political martyrs, a factory built to conceal books in its foundations, objects buried wrapped in plastic in the hope of some future retrieval that is never to come. I look for them in abandoned factories and mountain quarries, guided there by a personal history that is forever entangled with stone, metal and myth.

My experience of a post-war/revolution Iran (both as an Iranian woman and a Kurdish Jew) and the Islamic Republic’s uncertain relationship to music, fashion, taboos and contrabands has been a starting point for much of my recent work. For example, IRTV does not show musical instruments. Even when played they are hidden behind flower arrangements. Much of what I do as an artist is concerned with the politics of space and looking, aware of a grave tension between the act of putting on an exhibition and that of hiding things. I follow the absurd and surreal ways in which form and experience are manipulated in politics.

 

CV

EDUCATION
2011
M.F.A. in Studio Art, New York University/Steinhardt School of Art, NY, 2011
2007
B.A. in Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2007

EXHIBITIONS
2017
Upcoming Solo Exhibition, Galleria Tiziana di Caro, Naples, Italy, 2017
2016
Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, NY, 2016
LABOR, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, 2016
Paved Over and Other Stories, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2016 (Solo Exhibition)
If I Were You I’d Call Me Us, Galleria Massimo de Luca, Venice, Italy, 2016
2015
The Lightest of Stones, MUCA Roma (Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte), Mexico City, MX, 2015 (Solo) Lingerings, Cine Tonala, Mexico City, MX, 2015
Shadi Harouni, Obrera Centro, Mexico City, MX, 2015 (Solo Exhibition)
12x12x12, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
No Rush, No Dawdle, LESP, New York, NY, 2015
Solar Anus, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015
Tactility and Texture, LESP, New York, NY, 2015
2014
Corso Aperto, Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy, 2014
Shrink it Pink It, Cathouse Funeral, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
Fearful Awesome: Ecstacy…, {Temp} Art Space, NewYork, NY, 2014
For the love of Agnus and Barney, Cathouse Funeral, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
Things that You Remember and I Don’t, Art Wall, Prague, CZ, 2014
2013
Spaces of Resistance, Institute Pierre Werner, Luxembourg City, LU, 2013
A Philosophy of Plumbing, Hirsch House, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2013
2012
Middle Eastern Europe, DOX Contemporary Art Center, Prague, CZ, 2012
On the Merits of Odd Habits, The Factory, Hamedan, Iran, 2012 (Solo Exhibition) A Group, Middle East Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2012
The Match, The Factory, Hamedan, Iran, 2012 (Solo Exhibition) Domestic Bliss, Manzel, Tehran, Iran, 2012
2011
Signs on the Road, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, 2011
A History of Fashion, Ground Floor, Venice, Italy, 2011
First Look III, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, 2011
NYU 2011 Thesis Exhibition, 80 WSE, New York, NY, 2011
The Old Harem has become a Nuisance, Manzel, Tehran, Iran, 2011
In Hiding, Gallery 8, 80WSE, New York University, New York, NY, 2011 (Solo Exhibition)
2010
Shadi Harouni, Rosenberg Gallery, New York University, New York, NY, 2010 (Solo Exhibition)
Margins, Commons Gallery, New York, NY, 2010
Never Odd or Even, Commons Gallery, New York, NY, 2010
2009
Few of Our Favorite Things: Selections from the Past 30 Years, SAC Arts Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, 2010 There, Phantom Galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Migration Study, Phantom Galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Hogs, Frogs, and Dogs, SAC Arts Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, 2009
Unified Field (A), Phantom Galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Light, Shadow, Motion, The Seed, Santa Ana, CA, 2009
The Known World, Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2009 (Solo Exhibition)

AWARDS and RESIDENCIES
2016
Harpo Foundation Grant for Visual Artists, 2016
Emma Bee Bernstein Fellow, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY , 2015-2016
2015
SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015
2014-15
Keyholder Resident/Grant recipient, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, 2014-15
2014
Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Artist Research Laboratory, Como, Italy, 2014
2013
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, 2013
2010
C2C (Critics 2 Curators), Prague, CZ, 2010

PUBLICATIONS and EDITORIAL PROJECTS
2016
Dictionary of the Possible, “Contemporary”, “The Possible”, Shifter Magazine, Issue 22, 2016 Queens International (catalogue), 2016
“If I Were You I’d Call Me Us” (catalogue), 2016
“Thresholds”, Tehran Bureau, The Guardian, London, UK, April, 2016
2015
“Parviz Tanavoli: Plenty of ‘Nothing’”, Tehran Bureau, The Guardian, London, UK, February, 2015
Editor, Decelerationist Reader, NY, 2015
2014
“Space/Launch”, Skowhegan Publications, NY, 2014
“Shorts”, Asian American International Film Festival, NY, 2014 “Eyelid Reports”, Mousse Publishing, Milan, Italy, 2014
2013- present
Contributor and cultural editor, Tehran Bureau, The Guardian, London, UK, 2013-present
2013
“Incisive Exhibition Reveals Range of Iranian Modern Art”, Tehran Bureau, The Guardian, London, UK, October 2013
“Iran Modern in Pictures”, Tehran Bureau, The Guardian, London, UK, October 2013

TEACHING

Parsons School of Art Media and Technology, The New School, NY, 2014-pres
Critical Theory and Studio Art
New York University/Steinhardt School of Art, New York, NY, 2009-pres
Critical Theory, Global Art History, Sculpture