Nairy Baghramian

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Biography

Her work addresses temporal, spatial and social relationships to language, history, and the present, with forms which materialize in response to contextual conditions or the premises of a given medium.

Nairy Baghramian was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1971. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 1984. Baghramian's work comprises sculpture and installation often in reference to architecture and the human body. Her work addresses temporal, spatial and social relationships to language, history, and the present, with forms which materialize in response to contextual conditions or the premises of a given medium. These structures offer the possibility of an open and discursive dialogue in response to a site, or a freeing of the assigned relationship between an object and its meaning. 

Recent solo shows have been exhibited at MUDAM Luxembourg (2019); Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain (2018); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium (2016); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland (2016); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2015); Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2014); MIT Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2013); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2012); The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2012) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2010). 

Baghramian has been the recipient of the Zurich Art Prize (2016); the Arnold-Bode Prize, Kassel (2014); the Hector Prize, Kunsthalle Mannheim (2012); and the Ernst Schering Foundation Award (2007). She has participated in the Venice Biennale (2019 and 2011); the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Scotland (2012); the 8th and 5th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2014 and 2008); and the Skulptur Projekt Munster, Germany (2017 and 2007).

Her work addresses temporal, spatial and social relationships to language, history, and the present, with forms which materialize in response to contextual conditions or the premises of a given medium.

News

Selected Press

Gallery view, rustic metal C-shaped structure in front of red abnormally shaped broken tunnel.
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Nairy Baghramian: Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK)

ARTFORUM, April 2017
Installation image of orange deconstructive sculpture made out of wood.
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Special Boats Issue: Nairy Bahgramian

Leap, April 2017
Three rounded squiggle structures mounted on the wall. From left to right, blue and white are the same level facing out from each other, a third gold one is mounted closer to the floor.
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Trace elements: André Rottmann on the art of Nairy Baghramian

ARTFORUM, Summer 2012

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