“A suburb is an empty space for new ideas”
W/ Arash Hanaei
Square Meters features Arash Hanaei, visual artist from Tehran.
Arash Hanaei lives and works between Paris and Tehran. After studying photography at Azad University of Tehran he developed his practice combining different mediums and techniques.
Talking about his workplace Arash Hanaei says “A suburb is an empty space for new ideas”.
The Capital series (2008) is a sequenced autopsy of the city of Tehran, questioning the transformations of public space after the war. Since 2015, his practice has evolved from photography and documentary to a more speculative and inter-media approach, questioning post-Internet strategies in times of political crisis and crisis of representation.
His work has been presented in several solo and group exhibitions - LudLow38 Gallery, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris; MAXXI, Rome - and is present in several national and private collections: CNAP, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; Peters-Messer Collection, Berlin/Viersen; Salsali Private Museum, Dubai.
In this episode you can listen to some extracts from Arash Hanaei’s installation, A Paranoid Cucumber.
Recorded, edited and produced by The Room Projects
Curated and coordinated by Alessandra Chiericato
Associate Curator: Camilla Magnani
Recorded: January 2021
Music: Roberto Farina
Photo Credits: The Room Projects