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Nairy Baghramian Biography

Based in Berlin since 1984, Iranian-born artist Nairy Baghramian creates perplexing sculptures and installations out of silicon, resin, and steel, among others, that examine the relationships between the human body and architecture. In her incessant questioning of the traditional medium of sculpture, Baghramian provokes an examination of form and content.

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Nairy Baghramian draws from a range of sources in her work, including art history, interior design, architecture, theatre, and literature. The simple and suggestive forms of her sculptural objects often evoke Surrealist or Minimalist sensibilities; in her interview with frieze in 2010, Baghramian noted that 'the displacements and contradictions of Minimalism' have influenced her. Her 2002 installation The Iron Table (Homage to Jane Bowles), as its title suggests, is directly inspired by the American writer Jane Bowles' eponymous short story, which forwards a tourist Anglo-hetero couple's escapist fantasy about moving out to the desert.

References to the human body and its corporeality are recurrent in Nairy Baghramian's sculptures such as 'Scruff of the Neck' (2016). In this body of work, white plaster parts are affixed to aluminium casts and rods, in arrangements that suggest, at times, dental braces. Some of the white forms are also tinted with yellow or pink, hinting at encroaching decay.

Nairy Baghramian's investigation of the sculptural medium can be seen in 'Maintainers', a group of sculptures that are typically shaped like stones and consist of aluminium casts and lacquered painted braces, with a finish in coloured wax. Exhibited in presentations such as her solo exhibition Maintainers (2018) at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, or the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), the elements in 'Maintainers' are organised into interdependent positions. Individual sculptures rely on each other for physical support, which, in turn, point to the inseparable relationship between form and content.

Nairy Baghramian's major retrospective exhibition, Déformation Professionnelle toured S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium (2016) and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017). Instead of bringing together a selection of her works from across her career, the artist reconfigured the definition of a survey exhibition by presenting new sculptures that revisited her practice of the past two decades.

Baghramian has also participated in multiple international art fairs, including Performa, New York (2019); Lyon Biennale, France (2017); Skulptur Projekte 2017, Munster (2017); documenta 14, Kassel and Athens (2017); and the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014).

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Nairy Baghramian has presented work in solo and group exhibitions internationally.

Solo exhibitions include Privileged Points, Mudam, Luxembourg (2019); Vitrine Rafraîchirée, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (2018); Nairy Baghramian, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2018); Nairy Baghramian: Maintainers, Festival d'Automne, Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Paris, France (2018); Hand Me Down, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015); Nairy Baghramian: Off The Rack, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2014).

Group exhibitions include Untitled, 2020, Punta della Dogana, Venice (2020); Soft Power, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2019); Entre Deux Actes (Ménage à Quatre), Nairy Baghramian and Maria Hassabi, Performa Commission, New York (2019); Yorkshire Sculpture Center International, The Hepworth Wakefield, U.K. (2019).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

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Portrait (The Concept-Artist Smoking Head, Stand-In) by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork
Nairy Baghramian Portrait (The Concept-Artist Smoking Head, Stand-In), 2016 Baryte black and white print
168 x 119.4 cm
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Treat by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Treat, 2016 Lacquered bronze
41.9 x 101.6 x 50.8 cm
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Dwindler_Lorn by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Dwindler_Lorn, 2018 Paint, glass, zinc coated metal, coloured epoxy resin
225.1 x 54 x 65.1 cm
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Dwindler_Prone_up by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Dwindler_Prone_up, 2018 Glass, zinc coated metal, coloured epoxy resin
145 x 68 x 74 cm
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Beliebte Stellen (Privileged Points) by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Beliebte Stellen (Privileged Points), 2011–2015 Steel and epoxy resin
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Dwindler_Gust by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Dwindler_Gust, 2018 Glass, zinc coated metal, coloured epoxy resin
255 x 54 x 68 cm
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Piff Paff (c) by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Piff Paff (c), 2015 5 pieces; cast, varnished, and polished aluminium, silicone
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Eule (Owl) by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork mixed media
Nairy Baghramian Eule (Owl), 2007 Wood and painted wood, epoxy resin
100 x 35 x 42 cm
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