Exhibition “Farkhondeh Shahroudi: of weeping trees” (May 16)

Exhibition Farkhondeh Shahroudi: of weeping trees (May 16)

Exhibition “Farkhondeh Shahroudi: of weeping trees” (May 16), © Courtesy of Farkhondeh Shahroudi

23.04.2024 - Article

Following her residency with the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), artist Fakhondeh Shahroudi displays new works alongside a selection of older ones. Working across media Shahroudi crafts three-dimensional poems that reverberate beyond language.

Farkhondeh Shahroudi: of weeping trees showcases new and older works ranging in media including drawing, video, sculpture, textiles, artist books, and more across nearly 30 years of Shahroudi's practice. Evoking and reframing colonial materials and motifs such as rubber and the so-called “Oriental” rug respectively, the title of this exhibition calls forth reoccurring themes present in the artist’s oeuvre such as identity, language, family, and psychology.

In her practice, Shahroudi inhabits the space between, around, and beyond language. Taking up the tradition of automatic writing, she inhabits inclusion through her process of painting her mother tongue Farsi with her dominant right hand, and distantiation of German, deliberately slowed down by writing with her left hand. Understanding all her work as three-dimensionally materialized poems, Shahroudi abstains from explicitly recounting the history of her migration from Iran to Germany in 1990, where she has lived ever since. Rather, memory, in her work, operates as a more subtle thread weaving between the political and a childlike coyness. Playfully integrating language constructions containing simultaneous elements of absurdist humor and moments of grief, Shahroudi invites us to come up with our own associations; akin to providing us with a tool – much like a tuning fork – that enables us to listen to the echoes of a multiple present. 

This exhibition concludes Shahroudi’s residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, and is kindly supported by the Goethe-Institut Globalen Förderung Kunst, Körber Stiftung, the ISCP, and Norse Airlines.

Date and Time:

Opening Reception:
Thurs. May 16th from 6-8pm
Extended Opening Hours:
Fri & Sat. May 17th & 18th from 12-6pm
Typical Opening Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. from 10am-6pm through July 3

Location: Goethe-Institut New York, 30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

More Information: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/ver.cfm?event_id=25578389

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