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EXHIBITION OPENING | ARTIST TALK
RAMESCH DAHA: UNLIMITED HISTORY
WEDNESDAY, MAR 15 2017, 06:30 PM
In the framework of the exhibition opening of RAMESCH DAHA: UNLIMITED HISTORY, we present Austro-Iranian artist Ramesch Daha in conversation with artist, author, and educator Brainard Carey.
6:30 PM ARTIST TALK
7:30 PM EXHIBITION OPENING
ABOUT UNLIMITED HISTORY
Hand-written notes, old postage stamps, banknotes, maps, photographs, drawings, newspaper cuttings: all of these can be found in the "Research Diary" at the core of Austro-Iranian artist Ramesch Daha's wide-ranging project Unlimited History. The drawings and photographs show people, soldiers, deep canyons, steel bridges and railway tracks. One of the maps is headed Grain Production and Transportation, one of the photos shows a group of marching soldiers and carries the title Occupation of Persia. Unlimited History combines aspects of the artist's family history with events of profound historical significance.
Born in Teheran in 1971, Daha moved with her family to Vienna, her mother's native city, to escape the Islamic Revolution and its resurgent fundamentalism. In her artistic work, Daha often chooses the story of her Austro-Iranian family as the starting point for her considerations. A comprehensive historical research is characteristic for her artist method to proceed with an awareness of the constructed nature of history and of the subjectivity of the historical narrative. In her preferred artistic media painting, drawing, video, and installation she confronts the viewer with the discrepancy between individual and institutionalized history in order to question the complexity of the present, the essence of which becomes apparent through her historical digressions.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Ramesch Daha was born 1971 in Teheran/Iran. Before Ramesch Daha begun her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1994-1998), she was a private student of Georg Eisler, who encouraged her to follow her political and historical interests. Daha has exhibited internationally including shows at Secession Vienna (2015) and 21er Haus, Vienna (2014). She received the Austrian Federal Grant for Fine Arts in 2005, the Sponsorship Award of the City of Vienna in 2010, and the Gmoser Preis in 2015. Daha lives and works in Vienna/Austria.
More on Ramesch Daha >>here.
Brainard Carey is an artist, author, and educator. He is the host of the Yale University radio series, Lives of the artists, where he has interviewed over 600 artists, curators and writers. He has authored books on professional development for artists as well. His artistic practice is a collaborative, Praxis, with his wife Delia Carey, and they have been in the Whitney Biennial, Slovenian Biennial, and other venues around the world.
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