Bahar Behbahani

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Bahar Behbahani Art - Statement


Bahar Behbahani's research-based practice approaches landscape as a metaphor for politics and poetics. Behbahani looks into cultural landscapes both historically and in a contemporary context, posing urgent questions that consider the ways in which people negotiate space and place. Through a range of media—such as painting, video, installation and performative talks—Behbahani layers Western archival matters, cartography, horticultural history, and our contemporary position into a new hybrid narrative.

Her work was featured in the solo exhibition, Let the Garden Eram Flourish, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in 2017.

Garden Coup, Behbahani's multidisciplinary series, has been shown in Thomas Erben Gallery in New York and the 11th Shanghai Biennale, China in 2016 as well as in the 7th Moscow Biennale, Russia in 2017. Her video, Behind the Mirrors premiered at Fireflies in the Night, curated by Robert Storr, Kalliopi Minioudaki, and Barbara London in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Greece in 2016.

Bahar Behbahani's work is included in the permanent collections of the Queensland Museum, the Hood Museum of Art, and Sharjah Art Foundation, as well as numerous private collections.

Behbahani has also been awarded a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; an Art Omi International Artists Residency, Ghent, NY; and The Open Sessions fellowship at Drawing Center, NY; in addition to others.

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