b. 1971 in Isfahan, Iran; based in Berlin
Work in exhibition
Fluffing the Pillows / Japan (Mooring, Gurney, Silos and Mop), 2015
Installation with 1 Mooring (casted painted aluminum), 1 Gurney (chromed pole), 3 Silos (fabric, rubber, pleather), 1 Mop (painted metal, wool, silicon), and 1 rope
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Nairy Baghramian has been based in Berlin since 1985. Solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (2006), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2008), Serpentine Gallery (London, 2010), Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (2013), SculptureCenter (Long Island, NY, 2013), the Art Institute of Chicago (2014), Serralves Museum (Porto, Portugal, 2014), and many more. Many group exhibitions, primarily in Europe. She has participated in international exhibitions such as Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (2007), the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014). Baghramian’s formal, conceptual, and critical concerns, together with a deep understanding of the legacies of Modernism, Minimalism, design, and an interest in materials, craft, and the process of making, lead to a heterogeneous sculptural practice, one that is sensitive to the reality of contradictory or competing histories manifested in a variety of approaches to exhibition-making.
At Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, Baghramian will be presenting a new configuration of her work Fluffing the Pillows (2012). Through abstract forms based on specific utilitarian and maritime objects, the artist investigates the notion of the “sculptural” as well as trade, industry, and gendered notions of labor and craft. The catalogue for her initial presentation of the work at Kunsthalle Mannheim, which was disguised as an upscale boating magazine, is also presented as a work in itself on the pages of Parasophia’s exhibition catalogue.
Nairy Baghramian, Fluffing the Pillows / Japan (Mooring, Gurney, Silos and Mop), 2015. Installation view at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art for Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015. Photo by Norimasa Kawata
Installation view of Nairy Baghramian, Fluffing the Pillows, Kunsthalle Mannheim, 2012. Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
Nairy Baghramian, French Curve, 2014. Casted aluminum. Installation view, Bluhm Family Terrace, Art Institute of Chicago, 2014. Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
Nairy Baghramian, Retainer, 2013. Casted aluminum, silicon, polycarbonate, chromed metal, print, painted metal, rubber. Installation view, SculptureCenter, Long Island, NY, 2013. Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
Nairy Baghramian, Formage de tête, 2011. Installation view at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 2011. Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne