Born in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Tehran.


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Selected Exhibitions



2011‘Cura; The Rise and Fall of Aplasticism’, 4th Moscow Biennial (special project), Solyanka State Gallery, curated by Katya Krylova, Moscow, Russia.




–  'e-flux Pawnshop at Art Basel', Basel, Switzerland.



– '15 Years Thomas Erben Gallery', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA.





'Regarding Iran; the apparent acquiescence of conceptual poetics', Guild Art Gallery, Curated by Shaheen Merali, Mumbai, India.


2010 – ‘And I Regurgitate and I Gulp it Down’, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran – solo exhibition.  

– ‘Postcards from Tehran’, 18th Street Arts Center, curated by Nazila Noebashari, Santa Monica, USA.



– 'Language', with John Adams, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Aura Satz, Guy Sherwin, Margaret Tait, and Olivier Zabat, Vivid, Birmingham, UK.




'Bimzar (Fearland), with Mehraneh Atashi, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Mehran Mohajer, Rozita Sharafjahan, Katayoon Karami and Farhad Fozouni, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.



  'Video Of The Month II', Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany  - solo screening.


'Being Visibile - Looking for Contemporary ways of Signification', curated by Aria Spinelli, CHAN Contemporary Art Association, Genova, Italy.



'Nothing Is Left to Tell', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA - solo exhibition.


'Iran diVerso: Black or White?', curated by Marcella Russo, in collaboration with Versoartecontemporanea and Aaran Art Gallery, Italy.



'Iran diVerso: Black or White?', curated by Nazila Noebashari, Verso Artecontemporanea, Turin, Italy.


'The Other', Mohsen Gallery, Curated by Ali Ettehad, Tehran, Iran.  

2009 – 'Moment as Monument', Travancore Palace, Curated by Thomas Erben, New Delhi, India.



'Iran; Inside Out', the Chelsea Art Museum, Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, New York, USA.


'Medium Religion', Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Curated by Boris Groys and Peter Weibel, Sligo, Ireland.

'Looped and Layered: A Selection of Contemporary Art From Tehran', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA.

'Exhibition; (A Twenty-One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Four Minute Unworsenable Aplastic), Goteborg's Konstmuseum, Sweden - solo exhibition.


'Unveiled; New Art from the Middle East', Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.


2008 - 2009 'Medium Religion', ZKM (Center for Art and Media), curated by Boris Groys and Peter Weibel, Karlsruhe, Germany.






2008 'bedün´ ə onvän´ / Untitled Series', part of 'Iran: New Voices', the Barbican Center, curated by Vali Mahlouji, London, UK.



Video screening, '21st Instants Vidéo Festival', Marseille, France.  

'Writing Art; Trends in Contemporary Iranian Art Since Saqqakhaneh', Darlfunoon Gallery, curated by Simindokht Dehghani, Kuwait.



'Camera Ardens; A Performance With the Blind and Those Who see', Bétonsalon, curated by Pulpart, Paris, France. Performance - solo exhibition.


'Breaking News; Contemporary Art from the Middle East' exhibition catalogue, curated by Daniela da Prato, Paris, France.



'The Question of Identity Vis-à-vis Exoticism in Contemporary Iranian Art', a lecture by Dr. Hamid Keshmirshekan, The Khalili Research Centre (KRC), Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University, UK.


'Géopolitique des religions : les politiques de la croyance', with Boris Groys, Claire Brunet, Maja Bajevic, Yael Bartana, Willie Doherty, Yuri Leiderman and Adam Vackar, The Jeu de Paume National Gallery, Paris, France


'Masturpiece(s)', Access Artist Run Center, curated bu Jeremy Owen Turner, Vancouver, Canada - solo exhibition.


The Book of Masturpiece




 (A Huge Amount of Enough), Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran - solo exhibition.

'Tiny Conceptual', Azad Art Gallery, Curated by Helia Darabi, Tehran, Iran.


2007 – 'Soirée Court Métrage', Patronage Laïc, by Aftab Association, Paris, France.


'Projection des vidéos d'artistes iraniens', Centre Socioculturel Madeleine Rebérioux, curated by Rokhshad Nourdeh, Créteil, France.  

'All of My Mothers', a group exhibition in support of women rights in Iran, Bahman Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran.


– 'Within and Without; Contemporary Iranian Art', Nomoregrey Gallery, curated by Neda Dana-Haeri, London, UK.



– 'THE OTHER', Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran - solo exhibition.





'Video Zoom', curated by Hamid Severi, BizArt Gallery, Shanghai, China.
'Silent Messages; Iranian Video Art', curated by Helia Darabi and Susan Habib,

XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics: 'Aesthetics Bridging Cultures', METU Cultural and Convention Center, Ankara, Turkey.



– 'The First Contemporary Art Biennial of Thessaloniki', curated by Syrago Tsiara and Areti Leopoulou, Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Greece.




'Bound By (Verbunden-Gebunden)', Curated by Claudia- Maria-Luenig, Basement gallery, Vienna, Austria.



– DVD Magazin TREIBSAND [Volume 01]:  'Analysing while Waiting (For Time To Pass); contemporary art from Tehran'. Concept by Susann Wintsch & Parastou Forouhar, Azad art gallery, Tehran.





– 'Open House with Open Studios', curated by Magnus af Petersens and Elin Strand Ruin, Iaspis, Stockholm, Sweden.

2006 - 2007  – 'Undercurrents06 (An Exhibition and Lecture Program )', curated by Dariush Moaven-Doust, Goteborg's Konstmuseum, Sweden.

2006 – ' Iranian Art Today', curated by Nicoletta Torcelli and Isabel Herda, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany.$202957


'Ausserordentliche Zustande', curated by Reto Pulfer, Zustand, Berlin, Germany.


–  'The fifth Gyumri international biennial of contemporary art', curated by Arpine Tokmajian, Gyumri, Armenia.


Gyumri fifth international biennial of contemporary art

– Virtual exhibition of some pieces of 'Odyssey-i ' project, curated by Jeremy Owen Turner, Roland Quagmire's virtual space.

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2005  – Three pieces of  'Odyssey-i ' project in 'portrait' group exhibition, Khak gallery, Tehran.

– The Barakat Trust Conference: 'Contemporary Iranian Art: Modernity and the Iranian Artist', curated by Hamid Keshmirshekan, Kellogg College, Oxford University.


 – 'Immagini dall'Iran', Museo Comunale D'arte Contemporanea, curated by Hamid Severi, Bari, Italy.    


– 'Rassegna di Videoarte Iraniana', curated by Hamid Severi, L’Associazione Culturale Leonardi V-Idea, Genova, Italy.



  – 'Too Much Pollution to Demonstrate: Soft Guerrillas in Tehran's Contemporary Art Scene', curated by Amiel Grumberg, Apex Art, New York, USA.


'The Fire Ceremony Videoconference', Curated by Graham Thumpson.



2004 – 'Video Zoom: Beams of Blue', curated by Hamid Severi, Sala 1, Roma, Italy.


– 'Video Zoom: Videoartisti iraniani', curated by Hamid Severi, Museo Trastevere, Roma, Italy.



– 'Turning Points', curated by Laleh Khorramian and Media Farzin, LeRoy Neiman  

Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York.

– 'The Incredulity of Saint Barbad' in 'For Bam', a multi media group exhibition on Bam earthquake, warehouse near The Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran.

For Bam by the participants in 'Gozaresh'.(Read this in Persian)

For Bam by Antonia Carver in 'Camera-Austraia'.

Manner of earth, act of art by B. Ziyayi in 'Bâya'.(Read this in Persian)


– 'Three Weeks with the Winners of the 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial', Fattima Gallery, Tehran.


– 'Beams of Blue', curated by Hamid Severi, Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi. 


– Installation (group exhibition), Joseph Dadoun’s studio in Cité International des Arts, curated by Joseph Dadoun, Paris.  

2003 – The 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Tehran Contemporary Museum of Arts (Winner of the third prize).


2002 – 'Hundred Works, Hundred Artists', Golestan Gallery, Tehran.  
– Painting (group exhibition), Niavaran Culture Center, Tehran.  
– Photos (group exhibition), Laleh Gallery, Tehran.  

– Light Art and Video Art works, Golestan Gallery, Tehran - solo exhibition.


– Environmental Art (solo exhibition): 'Critique of Cezanne’s Reason', on the 8th of March,

The celebration of The International Women’s Day, Honar Cultural Center, Tehran.



2001 – Painting (group exhibition), 'The Fifth Group Exhibition of Contemporary Designers', Barg Gallery, Tehran.



 – Paintings (group exhibition), 'Hundred Works, Hundred Artists', Golestan Gallery, Tehran.



– Painting (group exhibition), Shafagh Gallery, Tehran.



 2000 – Paintings (group exhibition), Afarinesh Gallery, Andisheh Culture Center, Tehran.









2009 Samuel Beckett, Eleven Plays, “Unwriting”, Barbad Golshiri, Niloufar publishing house, Tehran.



2005 - 2006 – Editor and translator of Samuel Beckett’s complete dramatic works in Persian ,Karnameh

Publishing House, Tehran. (under press)



– Publication of the book, Dan Flavin; Translation of two essays by Michael Govan and James Meyer,

Digar Publishing House, Tehran.


2003 – 2004 – A critical study on Kamal o’ddin Bihzad (Bihzad, Sennemar of the Ruined  Xovarnaq) – Karnameh Publishing House,

Tehran.(under press)


Other publications



Other activities


2011 'Disturbing Public Opinion', curated by Barbad Golshiri, Röda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden.



2009 'Hallowed be Beams of Blue', a Lecture on mAmI , Where Spirit and Semen Met and certain mise-en-scènes used

            in Iran's political and visual system of representation and its sanctifiers as a complementary programme of the exhibition

            'Medium Religion', ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. 


2008 – Lecture at the colloquium 'Géopolitique des religions : les politiques de la croyance',

            with Boris Groys, Claire Brunet, Maja Bajevic, Yael Bartana, Willie Doherty, Yuri Leiderman and

            Adam Vackar, The Jeu de Paume National Gallery, Paris, France


2007 – Participant at the roundtable 'Pratiques esthétiques contemporaines : productions, enjeux et publics',

            with Catherine David, Lina Saneh, Rabih Mroué, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige and Abdellah Karroum.

            Festival d'Automne, Paris.


         – 'Exoticism in Contemporary Art of Tehran', a lecture at the Center for Side-Effects, Tehran.


         – 'The Carnivalesque and Subversion', a lecture at the Center for Side-Effects, Tehran.


         – Teacher of plastic arts in English, Elmi-Karbordi University, Tehran.


2006 – Curator of 'Distro's State of the Union Address: A contingency plan for Cyberspace',

             a virtual performance by Jeremy Owen Turner, Azad Art Gallery / OzGate (, Tehran.


         – Teacher of plastic arts in English, Elmi-Karbordi University (TAFE courses), Tehran.


2005 – Teacher of philosophy of arts and aesthetics (from Plato to present time). Artist’s studio, Tehran.


2002 – 'The non-objective world and contemporary design', a lecture at the University of Arts of Zahedan.















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