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Parastou Forouhar

Photographer, installation and multi-media artist Parastou Forouhar was born in 1962 in Teheran, received her BA in Art from the University of Tehran (1990), and since 1991 has lived in Germany, where she received an MA from the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach am Main.


Recent solo exhibitions include "Kiss Me", Rose Issa Projects, London (2014), Forouhar; "Body Letter", a site-specific installation for the El Greco Foundation, Toledo, Spain (2014)her other recent solo shows include “Ornament and Crime”, Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery, St Paul, US (2013); “He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not 3”, Stadtische Galerie, Neunkirchen, Germany (2013); "Written Room" at the Fondazione Merz,Turin (2011); "He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not 2", Karin Sachs Gallery, Munich (2011); “Parastou Forouhar” curated by Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London (2010); “He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not 1”, Verso Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2010); “Links of Violence”, Orgelfabrik, Karlsruhe (2009); “Parastou Forouhar”, Karin Sachs Gallery, Munich (2009); “Parade”, Kunsthalle Vierseithof, Lückenwalde (2008); “Just A Minute”, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome (2007); “Spielmannszüge” (“Marching Bands”), Forum of the Dominican Monastery, Frankfurt (2005); “Parastou Forouhar”, Deutscher Dom, Berlin (2005); “Tausendundein Dag” (“1001 Days”), the National Gallery Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, (2003); “Schuhe ausziehen” (“Take Off Your Shoes”), Gallery de Ligt, Frankfurt (2002); and “Blind Spot”, Exhibition Hall Schulstrasse 1A, Frankfurt/M and Stavanger Cultural Centre, Norway (2001-2).

She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including "Common Grounds", Villa Stuck Museum, Munich, Germany (2015); "The Art of Life", Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden (2014); “The Fascination of Persia”, Museum Rietberg, Zurich (2013-14); “Everywhere but now”, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2013); “Play: recapturing the radical imagination”, Goteborg Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); “More Light”, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); APT7 - 7th Asia Pacific Triennal of Contemporary art, Galley of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2012-13); “Feminist and…”, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, US (2012-13); “Persian for Beginners”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Killing” (“Toeten”), Kunstpalas, Erlangen (2012); “The Elephant in the Dark”, Devi Foundation, Dehli (2012); “Feminist and ...”, The Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh (2012); and “Fertile Crescent”, Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey (2012). Other recent group shows include "Zendegi: Twelve Contemporary Iranian Artists" (curated by Rose Issa Projects) at the Beirut Exhibition Center (2011); "20 Years of Presence", Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt (2011); “Political Patterns”, IFA Gallery, Berlin / Stuttgart (2011); “Disturbing The Public Opinion”, Roda Sten, Gothenburg (2011); “The Ornamental Gesture”, Kuenstlerhaus, Dortmond (2011); “Ornamental Structures”, Stadtgalerie Saarbruecken (2011); “Medi(t)ation”, 2011 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2011); “Iran diVerso: Black or White?”, Verso Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2010); “Krieg/Individuum”, Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst Münster, Germany (2010); “Veiled Memoirs”, XIV Biennale Donna, Ferrara (2010); “Die Macht Des Ornaments” (“The Power of Ornament”), Belvedere, Vienna (2009); “Traum und Wirklichkeit” (“Dreams and Reality”) at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland and BM Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2009); “Rebelle”, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2009); “Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2009); Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, South Korea (2009); “Iran Inside Out”, Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2009); “Mahrem”, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna and Santralistanbul, Istanbul (2008); “Re-Imagining Asia”Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and New Art Gallery, Walsall (2008); “Global Feminisms”, Brooklyn Museum, New York (2007); “Retracing Territories”, Kunsthalle Fribourg, Switzerland (2007); “Unfinished”, BM-Suma Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul (2007); “Multispeak I”, Witte Zaal, Ghent (2007); “Vote for Women”, Kunst Meran, Merano (2007); “Naqsh”, Pergamon Museum, Berlin (2007); “Eastern Expressway”, Evangelische Stadtakademie, Frankfurt (2006); “Das Kritische Auge” (“The Critical Eye”), Neue Kunstverein Aschaffenburg (2006); “Hannah Arendt Denkraum”, former Jewish Girls’ School, Berlin (2006); “Intersections”, Jewish Museum of Melbourne and Jewish Museum San Francisco (2005); “Gabriele Münter Price” at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin and Frauen Museum, Bonn (2004); “Die Zehn Gebote” (“The Ten Commandments”), Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (2004); “Triennale of Contemporary Art”, Oberschwaben, Weingartenand (2004); and “Far Near Distance”, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2004).

Forouhar has also participated in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery (2012), and she has also participated in the Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan (2011) Istanbul (2007), Berlin (2001), and Busan, South Korea (2004) and has been awarded residencies at the BM Centre of Contemporary Art, Istanbul (2007); Villa Massimo, Rome (2006); Gertrude Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2005); and Schloss Balmoral, Austria (2004).

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria; Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; German Parliament Art Collection, Berlin; Devi Foundation, Delhi, India; and the Deutsche Bank Art Collection.

Recent publications include Parastou Forouhar: Art, Life & Death in Iran, edited by Rose Issa (Saqi Books, 2010) and Iranian Photography Now, edited by Rose Issa (Hatje Cantz and Beyond Art Production, 2008).

KISS ME (2014)



art, life and death in iran

19 FEBRUARY - 28 MARCH 2014


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