Bahar Behbahani

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Bahar Behbahani Art - Statement


Bahar Behbahani works in painting, video, and participatory performance. Behbahani's work addresses her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss, representing her chronic displacement and longing.

Bahar Behbahani's recent paintings revisit her birth country's psychogeographic landscape of memory. Investigating the seductive beauty and colonialism.

More recently, Behbahani embarked upon a multilayered investigation, a collection of collaborative works, which encompasses a group of videos and a participatory installation, centering the role of BREAD in our contemporary culture through stimulating abandoned memories.


Born in Tehran, Iran, multidisciplinary artist, Bahar Behbahani lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA and MA in painting in Tehran, Iran. Her work has been featured in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE; The Prologue Exhibition for the 2016 Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii; Queens Museum, New York; The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Mimara Museum, Croatia; The Tribeca Film Festival, New York; as well as the Asia Art Biennial, Bangladesh, among others.

Behbahani was awarded an Art Omi International Artists Residency by The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2013 and the Art and Culture Network Program Grant from the Open Society Institute, Budapest in 2011. Guggenheim Museum Curator Suzanne Cotter selected her video for the 10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE. In 2007, her video Suspended was selected 'Best in Show' by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. Bahar Behbahani's work is included in the permanent collections of the Queensland Museum, Australia; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; and Columbia Hospital, New York; as well as numerous private collections.

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