We are incredibly proud to be able to present, for the first time ever in Denmark the up-and-coming Iranian, Dubai-based art trio Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. Generosity is the password when we open the doors to the exhibition Those Who Love Spiders, and Let Them Sleep in Their Hair on Friday November 6th.
An op-art oriental pattern covers the floor and walls, providing a backdrop for the baroque staging of collages, assemblages, sculptures and video works. With a wealth of subtle details and historical references, every inch has been put to use to display the trio’s own works alongside the works of their artist colleagues and friends. They work ‘collectively individually’, as they put it, considering themselves a group but choosing not to present their work under a joint name – precisely to emphasise their distinct identities. Their performances and video works also often include DJs, fashion designers, musicians and whoever else they happen to bump into that can contribute to and develop their works.
With satire and humour, Rokni, Ramin and Hesam address gender issues and social critique in a way that has made them controversial in their native Iran. They challenge the boundaries between the private and public, and the religious and secular. Sources of inspiration for all three of them range from Persian poetry, British music and American art, to Japanese, Russian, French and Iranian film. Their figurative narratives are deeply rooted in Iranian art, and their performances draw on the traditional, ritualised Persian theatre form Ta´ziyeh.
During their recent exhibition Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky at Kunsthalle Zürich, one reviewer wrote: “Something is definitely different. It feels like the institution has been stripped of its identity. Somehow it is shifting. As if it were dipped into something, like a very special sauce …”. It is precisely this feeling of not being able to put your finger on what is going on, of something completely different than anything you have ever experienced, that the work of the art trio can generate.