Bahar Behbahani

Brooklyn, New York

About Bahar Behbahani

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Bahar Behbahani's research-based practice approaches landscape as a metaphor for politics and poetics. In 2019, All Water Has A Perfect Memory, her large, community-based sculpture, was shown by Wave Hill in New York City. Behbahani’s work was featured in the solo exhibition, Let the Garden Eram Flourish, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, in 2017. Her Garden Coup series was shown in the 11th Shanghai Biennale in 2016. Behbahani’s work was also featured in Lahore Biennale 02, the 7th Moscow Biennale, The 18th Biennale of Sydney, and Sharjah Biennial 10. Her short films have been featured at The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and The Tribeca Film Festival. Behbahani is a recipient of a two-year fellowship at The Drawing Center (2018-2020); a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, NH (2017); and an Art Omi International Artists Residency, Ghent, NY (2013), among others. In 2019, Behbahani was granted a Creative Capital award for an anticipated project, Ispahan Flowers Only Once, a public garden inspired by Persian garden design, philosophy, plants, and flora, which will bring marginalized people together to take part and re-activate unseen histories by gathering and gardening.

Program Participation

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2020

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For the past several years, I have contemplated projects by exercising Persian garden principles through a historical maze to understand the intersections and interactions of its pragmatic and spiritual significance. As a transplanted artist, I am interested in the social history of plants, our ancestral knowledge, and the connectedness of climate exile and water management.”