Nairy Baghramian explores inherited forms and concepts from the history of art in order to address issues of functionality, decoration, abstraction and feminism. Her sculptures, made from a wide range of materials including steel, silicon, resin and leather, bring art historical references into the realm of the subjective; they are dismantled and recombined with human physiology and the principles of interior design.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. Baghramian has often reflected 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”. Instability is also a recurrent theme in her work that becomes evident in the use of tenuous and flimsy supports to hold her sculptures, or in how she displays them, dangling or leaning her pieces, always on the brink of collapse. The strength of Baghramian’s 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

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Nairy Baghramian
Isfahan, 1971
Iran

Past Exhibitions

Nairy Baghramian

Beaux-Arts de Paris
13/10/2018 — 06/01/2019

Nairy Baghramian: Maintainers

kurimanzutto
10/02/2018 — 03/03/2018

Nairy Baghramian: Scruff of the Neck (Supplements)

Museum Haus Konstruktiv
27/10/2016 — 15/01/2017

Nairy Baghramian: Hand Me Down

Museo Tamayo
07/11/2015 — 13/03/2016

Slip of the Tongue

Punta della Dogana
12/04/2015 — 10/01/2016

Solo Shows

2017
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Nairy Baghramian: SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER*
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Nairy Baghramian: Dwindle Down
Déformation Professionelle, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

2016: S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium

2015
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Nairy Baghramian: Hand Me Down
Nairy Baghramian: Hand Me Down, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

2014
Sonae/Serralves Project 2014: Nairy Baghramian, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
Nairy Baghramian: French Curve/Slip of the Tongue, Bluhm Family Terrace, Art Institute of Chicago, United States
Nairy Baghramian: Off the Rack, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

2013
Retainer, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, United States
Nairy Baghramian: Fluffing the Pillows (Moorings, gurneys, Silos, Mops, News Rack, Railing)”, MIT Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United States

2012
Nairy Baghramian: Class Reunion, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Fluffing the Pillows, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

Group Shows

2016
Swiss Institute, New York, FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY

2015
Punta della Dogana, Venice, Slip of the Tongue

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Isfahan Country of birth: Iran Date of birth: 1971 Lives in: Berlin, Germany