Nairy Baghramian

°1971, Isfahan (IR) – lives and works in Berlin (DE)

Nairy Baghramian explores forms and concepts inherited from the history of art to address issues of functionality, decoration, abstraction, and feminism. Her work offers a reflection on the incessant cycle of aesthetic object production, cultivating an interest in marginalized art forms and spaces that are often considered territory of the “feminine”. Her sculptures —made from a wide range of materials including steel, silicon, resin, and leather— bring art historical references into the realm of the subjective: the human body is dismantled and recombined through the politics of interior design.

The result offers a re-reading of the legacy of Minimalism and Surrealism in the shape of protuberances and cavities, lumps and spills, organs and body parts. Instability, also a recurrent theme in Baghramian’s work, becomes evident in the use of tenuous and flimsy supports to hold and display her sculptures: dangling or leaning, always on the brink of collapse. The strength of her practice lies precisely in revisiting the oft-overlooked and the delicate, using these tropes as a point of departure for sculptures that are aware of their own fragility while comfortably holding sway over the exhibition space.

(courtesy of kurimanzutto)

Nairy Baghramian
Nairy Baghramian (Photo by Tucker Bair. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery and Clark Art Institute)

Recent solo exhibitions include MUDAM, Luxembourg; Palacio de Cristal, Madrid; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Baghramian has been the recipient of the Zurich Art Prize; the Arnold-Bode Prize, Kassel; the Hector Prize, Kunsthalle Mannheim; and the Ernst Schering Foundation Award. She has participated in various Venice Biennales; various Berlin Biennales; and various Skulptur Projekt Munster.

Nairy Baghramian is represented by the following galleries;
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kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris

works by Nairy Baghramian

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