|Nacimiento:||1978 en Tehran, Irán|
|Residencia:||Reside en Dubai, Emiratos Arabes Unidos|
|Premios ganados:||II Premio Fundación Han Nefkens-Macba de Arte Contemporáneo, Prix Canson 2015|
|Organizaciones con obra:||Colección H+F - Fundación Han Nefkens|
Rokni Haerizadeh was born in Tehran in 1978. He earned a BA in fine arts and an MFA in painting from the University of Tehran. With his brother Ramin, also an artist, Haerizadeh has lived and worked in Dubai since 2009. With wit and irony, his exuberant paintings, small gesso-on-paper works, and stop-motion animations address contemporary politics in his native Iran and beyond, incorporating a prodigious range of tropes and influences, from painter Eric Fischl’s images of American suburbia to social media memes and Persia’s grand literary history. In paintings such as Typical Iranian Wedding (2008) and Typical Iranian Funeral (2008), Haerizadeh allegorizes the hedonistic and violent sides of human nature that simmer beneath the surface at public gatherings. Since 2009, Haerizadeh has painted directly onto photographs, often transforming news footage into fantastic scenes populated by surreal animal-human hybrids. In But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise (2014–15), he paints over printed stills from YouTube and television news broadcasts, displaying the results laid flat in a glass case. The titular reference to Walter Benjamin’s description of Paul Klee’s print Angelus Novus underscores the combination of melancholia and critique that characterizes these humorous subversions. Benjamin describes Klee’s “Angel of History” as surveying the accumulated results of past catastrophes while being blown unstoppably into the future by the “storm” of progress. Haerizadeh uses the same technique in his stop-motion animations, in which thousands of painted stills are assembled to create what he calls “moving paintings.” In Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? (2010–11), the first of these video works, Haerizadeh transforms media coverage of the 2009 Iranian demonstrations—specifically a clip that shows the shooting of a woman in the crowd—into a dreamlike new world. As fantastical animal heads replace those of protestors and newscasters, the images shift in and out of legibility, but the artist’s biting humor with regard to the interweaving of violence and spectacle is never far away. Later videos satirize the broadcast wedding of the United Kingdom’s Prince William and Kate Middleton (Reign of Winter, 2012) and reporting of the anti-patriarchy FEMEN protests (Letter!, 2014). Haerizadeh’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (2004); Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany (2006); and New Museum, New York (2014). He participated in the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2011) and the Carnegie International (2013). His works are held in public and private collections, including those of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; British Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; and Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India. The artist also maintains a collaborative practice with his brother Ramin Haerizadeh and childhood friend Hesam Rahmanian; together they have staged exhibitions at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2014); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2015); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2015) and received the Han Nefkens FoundationMACBA Contemporary Art Award in 2015. Haerizadeh lives and works in Dubai.
El cara a cara entre el artista español Joan Brossa y la estadounidense Rosemarie Castoro despunta entre las propuestas expositivas que acogerá el museo barcelonés.