May 18, 2022, 7:30 pm
Salon des Amateurs
Lecture performance in cooperation with SPARTA, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
"I come from the darkroom," says Hadi Fallahpisheh about the place in which he feels at home - yet the New York-based artist has never worked in a traditional one. Nevertheless, it is the central starting point of his artistic genesis. Both of his parents worked as photographers. In Iran, where Hadi Fallahpisheh grew up, they traveled from one place to another, following his mother's teaching assignments. The darkroom always went with them.
Hadi Fallahpisheh uses human and animal figures in his work to reflect on themes of displacement and alienation. Cats, dogs, mice, and humans circumscribed by architectural spaces trace familial and social hierarchies. At the same time, they reflect and break traditional notions of ownership and morality. The figures seem to revel in their personal vices, which can turn into violent scenarios. To this violence Hadi Fallahpisheh takes an ironic stance, even if the aim is serious: to show the fragility of our social fabric.
The evening will be moderated by Carolin Eidner and Ania Kołyszko.
The artist will be present.
The lecture will be followed by a get-together, to which all guests are warmly invited.
Hadi Fallahpisheh was born in Iran. He came to New York at the age of 25 to study photography at Bard College. Since that time, he has lived and worked in New York. His work has recently been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (2021); The Drawing Center, New York (2020); SculptureCenter, Long Island City (2020); and The Shed, New York (2019). In 2019, Fallahpiseh was the recipient of the Artadia New York Award. His recent solo exhibitions include projects with Andrew Kreps Gallery, Tramps, New York; Efremides, Berlin; and Rodeo, London/Piraeus. Hadi Fallahpisheh is Teaching Fellow at the Harvard University.