Nairy Baghramian | Déformation Professionelle
curator, Martin Germann
duration 26.11. 2016 - 19.02.2017
S.M.A.K | Gent | Belgium
Baghramian (b.1971 in Isfahan, Iran; lives and works in
Berlin) explores and reflects on the formal languages of both modernism
and post-minimalism. The sculptor has become internationally known for
making exhibitions by means of sculpture and site-responsive
installations that play on the human body and its gestures, which are
both revealing and dissembling. Her work marks boundaries, transitions
and gaps in the museum and urban space, whereby she focuses on the
relationship between body and building and refers to fashion and
design, theatre and dance.
Using material such as curved steel sheets and soft rubber, geometric
frameworks and hybrid objects, mirrors, plastics, waxes and fabrics, as
well as cast and combined materials, Baghramian scrutinizes the
paradigms of the sculptural. In doing so, she challenges the spaces
where she exhibits, within the area of spatial tension that is
inseparably linked to her artistic production.
Déformation Professionnelle comprises a series of new
sculptures and installations that build on the key works in Baghramian’s
oeuvre over the last fifteen years. For this purpose she has
reinterpreted not only the works themselves, but also the tools and
other work materials that she used in making the artworks. In this
exhibition, Baghramian in this sense criticises, emphasises and
stretches the concept of the ‘retrospective’. Through her playful take
on the retrospective view, she unpacks and interrogates the conceptual,
economic, physical and social aspects of sculpture.
Taking its title from a French phrase that indicates an adjustment to
one’s worldview that results from being overly specialized or an
expert, Déformation Professionnelle also speaks of analysing one’s profession or métier: in this case the artist’s method.
Nairy Baghramian | Déformation Professionnelle is co-organized by S.M.A.K., Ghent, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of the first
comprehensive monograph on the artist’s work, published by S.M.A.K.
(Ghent), Museum der Moderne Salzburg (Salzburg) and Walker Art Center
(Minneapolis). The publication will be released in the course of the
The exhibition will travel to Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, in March
2017, and to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in October 2017.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Jan Hoetplein 1,
9000 Gent | Belgium