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.

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


Multidisciplinary artist, Behbahani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1973, and received her BA and MA in painting there as well. The artist now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Her work was most recently featured in the solo exhibition, Let the Garden Eram Flourish, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, as well as in the 7th Moscow Biennale in 2017 and the 11th Shanghai Biennale in 2016. Her work has been featured in Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE; Queens Museum, New York; The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Mirmara Museum, Croatia; as well as the Asia Art Biennial, Bangladesh, among others.

In 2016, Behbahani was invited by Time Equities' Art-In-Buildings Program to be an artist in residence for a full year. Behbahani has also been 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. 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.

Also important to her, is Behbahani's interest in contextualizing her work and the topics it explores. In conjunction with her exhibitions, and outside of them, Behbahani has been invited to speak at institutions such as the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover; John Jay College, New York; East Bay Media Center, California; Parsons School of Design, New York; St. John's University, New York; Temple University, Pennsylvania, as well as The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan.

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