Overview

Rokni Haerizadeh (born 1978, Tehran) lives and works in Dubai. He attracted international attention for his paintings that brought together his observations about social or public gatherings in Iran – particularly weddings, religious festivals, funerals and banquets – and reveal the hedonistic, ritualised or violent side of human nature buried in such spectacles. Since 2009, Haerizadeh has sought new definitions of painterly practice that could lift the medium off the white canvas. In his ongoing series of works on paper, Fictionville (2009–) Haerizadeh paints directly onto news photographs or stills taken from news footage, while his moving paintings are rotoscope video works composed of thousands of individually painted stills. Both are a discourse about the ideology and voyeuristic violence embedded in a media-powered spectacle.

 

Haerizadeh works individually as well as maintains a collaborative practice with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, and together they have staged exhibitions in numerous institutions and prestigious biennials such as Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2020), The 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Toronto Biennale of Art (2019), Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019), National Pavilion of United Arab Emirates, 57th Venice Biennale (2017), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (2015), Carnegie International (2013), the New Museum, New York (2014) and the Sharjah Biennial (2011), among many.

 

His works are held in the public and private collections of the Guggenheim New York; Carnegie Museum of Art; British Museum; Tate Modern; Devi Art Foundation; JP Morgan Chase Art Collection; Paris and Saatchi Collection among many. In January 2014, he participated with his collaborators in the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s residency in Captiva, Florida. Koenig Books published a monograph of his works, entitled Fictionville in 2014.

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