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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 Her sculptures —made from a wide range of materials including steel, silicon, resin, and leather— bring art historical references into the realm of the subjective: the human body is dismantled and recombined through the politics of interior design.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)

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