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Hadi Falapishi Biography

In his work, Falapishi employs a seemingly humorous cast of characters - humans, cats, mice, and other animals, to enact a meditation on themes of displacement, alienation, and entrapment. His large-scale photographic works play on photography's traditional role to reflect the society in which they were made, as well as the technical virtuosity that typically accompanies the medium. Rather than using photography as a direct document, he creates unique works that are the product of private in the darkroom in which Falapishi manipulates the surface of photosensitive paper with flashlights and direct exposure to light. Cartoonish in appearance, his compositions reflect not a process of deskilling, but are instead the results of the constraints of darkness, and the limitations of his own body. Falapishi's characters are placed within seemingly generic architectural environments, such as houses, fences, or other barriers, the figures' interactions quickly take on resonance with familiar social hierarchies - the power structures within society, ideas of ownership and residence, and inside versus outside. These figures appear to revel in their own personal vices, confusing the morality implied by the traditional roles they assume. Often engaging in a tongue-in-cheek violence, which carries over to Falapishi's sculptural and installation-based works, his characters reflect how tenuous and fragile the familiar structures of our society can be, and a shared fear of isolation.

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Hadi Falapishi (b. 1987) lives and works in New York. In 2020, the gallery presented a special project by Falapishi, titled BLOW-UPS, at its Cortlandt Alley location. Falapishi received a MFA in Photography from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2016. Falapishi's work was recently included in 100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, 2020, In Practice: Total Disbelief, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, 2020, and Open Call, The Shed, New York, 2019. Additionally in 2019, Falapishi was the recipient of the Artadia New York Award, and had a solo exhibition at Tramps, New York.

Text courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery.

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Revolution by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Revolution, 2023 Oil paint on canvas in walnut artist's frame
44.8 x 55.2 x 5.1 cm
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Persian Kings by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Persian Kings, 2023 Glazed ceramic sculpture
15 x 12 x 13 inches
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Persian Family by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Persian Family, 2023 Glazed ceramic sculpture
78.7 x 101.6 x 43.2 cm
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Hadi's Head by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Hadi's Head, 2023 Oil paint on canvas in walnut artist's frame
75.2 x 52.1 x 5.1 cm
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Mousehole #9 by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Hadi Falapishi Mousehole #9, 2023 Oil stick, charcoal, pastel, and graphite on canvas in walnut artist's frame
31.8 x 40.3 x 5.1 cm
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Praying Man by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Praying Man, 2023 Glazed ceramic sculpture
21 x 18 x 18 inches
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Thinking Man by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Thinking Man, 2023 Glazed ceramic sculpture
24 x 18 x 18 inches
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Shitting Man by Hadi Falapishi contemporary artwork sculpture
Hadi Falapishi Shitting Man, 2023 Glazed ceramic sculpture
26 x 18 x 18 inches
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