ACAW Open Studios - Bahar Behbahani

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213 Taaffe Place, #310

Brooklyn, NY 11205

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As part of ACAW's 2018 signature program, Thinking Collections: Open Studios spotlighting 28+ remarkable artists in the context of their own intimate studios and creative workspaces —with practices that broaden a variety of artistic and philosophical inquiries, directly or indirectly related to Asia. For full details and agenda visit ACAW.info

Over the past six years, Bahar Behbahani has archived materials having to do with the conflicting figure Donald Wilber, an American writer and CIA spy who orchestrated the historical coup to overthrow Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq. Presenting her research as an interactive installation comprised of her drawings, videos and personal belongings, Behbahani illustrates her complicated connection to Wilber, someone whom she had admired as a Persian garden scholar before learning about his alternate identities. The presentation is centered on an informal discussion that she leads between herself and her visitors.

Bahar Behbahani (b. 1973 in Tehran, Iran) has a research-based practice through which she explores various cultural landscapes via painting, videos, installations, and interactive lectures. By reinventing archival materials, she questions the relationship between knowledge, power, and spatial memory. Behbahani’s work was recently featured in the solo exhibition Let the Garden Eram Flourish at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Her work has been featured in the 7th Moscow Biennale, Russia; 11th Shanghai Biennale, China; Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE; and The Tribeca Film Festival, NY; among others.

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