October 2017 Featured Artist: BAHAR BEHBAHANI

Multimedia artist Bahar Behbahani creates paintings, videos, and participatory performances. Born in Tehran, Iran, Behbahani’s work addresses her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss, representing her chronic displacement and longing. Her ongoing series, Persian Gardens, examine Iran’s psychogeographic landscape of memory, while investigating its seductive beauty and colonialism. Recent exhibitions include Let the Garden Eram Flourish, a solo show at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College in January 2017, the 7th Moscow Biennale in 2017 and the 11th Shanghai Biennale in 2016. Behbahani has also exhibited at 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; and 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 in 2013 and the Art and Culture Network Program Grant from the Open Society Institute, Budapest in 2011. Behbahani received her BA and MA in painting in Tehran, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.