"I am not obsessed with the beauty of instability. I am just taking it as something that is there." - Nairy Baghramian
Nairy Baghramian's work span photography, painting and installation, with sculpture being the primary form of representation. Working on a variety of mediums, her pieces often feature metallic structures that are supporting each other and building on each other, as well as reflections of body postures and internal structures. "Instability” is a recurring theme in her work, with many seemingly thin and slender bracing structures that are close to collapsing, overhanging, tilting and yet dominating the objects in the space. The unstable gestures, both in appearance and in nature, are represented in the pieces on display in this exhibition.
Baghramian was born in Isfahan, Iran, in 1971. She moved with her family to Berlin, due to political and social circumstances in 1984. Her pieces have been on show at major art institutions such as the Nasher Sculpture Centre, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Walker Art Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Serpentine Galleries, and have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Biennale de Lyon, Documenta Kassel, Berlin Biennale, Skulptur Projekte Münster, and are also in the collections housed by several internationally renowned institutions. In 2022, the artist won the Nasher Prize and was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize and honored with the Zurich Art Prize.