About The Work
Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian often create provocative objects that challenge conventional concepts of art, while incorporating the contributions of other individuals, other artists, carpenters, technicians, thinkers and caretakers, pushing the boundaries of life imitating art and vice versa.
The table exists in a state of impermanence as the three artists engage in an ongoing negotiation, discussing current affairs and painting the table in real time. Other unwitting contributors enter the discussion as users add to the work by placing objects over the table, further blurring the lines of objecthood and subjecthood; functionality and aesthetics.
Rooted in Islamic art, as seen in rugs and textile works, the horizontal painting deliberately avoids the wall in a nod to undermine standard artistic conventions. The table thus becomes a subversive object, existing in a liminal space between art and life.
Ramin, Rokni, Hesam Haerizadeh, Haerizadeh, Rahmanian
Ramin Haerizadeh (born 1975, Tehran), Rokni Haerizadeh (born 1978, Tehran) and Hesam Rahmanian (born 1980, Knoxville) have lived and worked together in Dubai since 2009. They work independently and together, propagating a form of collaboration that doesn’t suppress individualism. The seeds of their language were sown as early as 1999, back in Iran. Their practice offers up a novel redefinition of the collective, as theirs is constantly growing and contracting to incorporate friends, writers, and artists at large. Their individual practices differ stylistically while political and social commentary become inherently subversive in a common reflection. The exhibitions they conceive are as much insights into their daily practice, which they designate as the ritual of living and working together.
In 2019, they curated BEYOND: EMERGING ARTISTS with Ayesha Hadhir, Shaikha Al Ketbi and Rawdah Al Ketbi in a show entitled Neither Visible, Nor Concealed in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. They created paintings across structural columns in Al Reem Park in Abu Dhabi as part of ALDAR's public commission. In 2018 and presented a multi-room installation for The Creative Act at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in 2017.
They have had major solo exhibitions internationally, recently at Frye Museum, Seattle (2019), OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin (2018), MACBA, Barcelona (2017), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (2015), Kunsthalle Zurich (2015) and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2015). They are currently participating in the Sydney Biennale (2020) and they participated in Homeless Souls at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, which won the 6th Global Fine Art Award in the Global Humanity category.
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.