About The Work
Ramadan Palm (2009 -2018) presents itself in the style of the Persian coffee house painting narrative. Based on visual storytelling from a non-linear perspective where episodes unfold non-sequentially. It started in 2009 and has been developing gradually in tandem with the artist’s observations of Iftar celebrations in the UAE. Outfits, eating habits and attitudes bear witness of the cultural mosaic in presence.
We notice a laughing short hair liberated-looking Algerian mother holding her fair-skin baby, busy showing her messages to a friend; a waiter explains to a European family the various Emirati food traditionally served for Iftar, a Palestinian grandmother is also in attendance apparently visiting her daughter and grandchild who seems to be too occupied with her smartphone, a Syrian family is eagerly waiting to break the fast…etc.
Encounters of all kinds take place in Ramadam Palm, overlaying a myriad of images which are rooted in the culture of the region and resonate with the viewer.
Rokni Haerizadeh (born 1978, Tehran) lives and works in Dubai.
Rokni Haerizadeh's figurative paintings and drawings tell the story about our lives today. His observations travers society at large, mythologies and allegories, traditions and conformities. With wit and humour, his explorative spirit is fuelled by a prodigious range of influences. Constantly innovating and working, Haerizadeh is prone to churning out a variety of painting discourses coming from the Persian paintings, to the Far-East to the ones found in the West.
He rose to prominence with his exuberant paintings, works on paper and stop-motion animations which present his observations of the world from his subjective perspective. In his ongoing series of works on paper, Fictionville (2009–) Haerizadeh paints directly onto news photographs or stills taken from news footage forming a discourse about the ideology and voyeuristic violence embedded in a media-powered spectacle.
He has been exhibited in numerous reputable institutions such as the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019), Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), Turin (2018), the Guggenheim New York (2016), New Museum, New York (2014), the Carnegie International (2013), Sharjah Biennial (2011), amongst others. His works are held in public and private collections, including the Guggenheim, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg; the British Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; JP Morgan Chase Art Collection and Rubell Family Collection, USA; among others.
Haerizadeh maintains a collaborative practice with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, and together they have staged numerous significant solo institutional exhibitions across the world.
After establishing B21 Gallery, one of the first contemporary art spaces in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006, Isabelle van den Eynde launched her eponymous space in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue in 2010, representing a pluralistic roster of artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Through exhibitions, book publishing and international fair participation, the gallery prides itself on closely collaborating with its artists to create insightful, and often provocative, presentations that challenge the conventions and ideologies related to the notion of art display and exhibition making.