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Take the Departure

Size/90 x 144 cm
Price/$4,000

Broadway Trespass Gaza

Size/38 x 44.5 cm
Price/$3,000

Weaken Village

Size/46 x 46 cm
Price/$3,000

Rooster

Size/150 x 200 cm
Price/$3,200

Untitled

Size/125 x 180 cm
Price/$2,500

Crowd of Roosters

Size/130 x 170 cm
Price/$3,200

Big Chill

Size/130 x 170 cm
Price/$3,200

Farima Fooladi

Country of birth

Country of residence

Iran

USA

Artist’s Story

Farima Fooladi was born in Tehran, Iran / She is currently living in the United States creating paintings in her Studio in Pennsylvania / Farima is a Visiting Scholar at the Pennsylvania state University, College of Arts and Architecture where she completed her MFA in Painting and Drawing / She has had numerous group exhibitions in Iran, Turkey, and the United States / Her works includes commentary on imagery, themes, symbols and stories from Iranian visual and literature / Her recent research topic has been collective trauma and its long effect on cultures / She is fascinated by the lasting impact of collective trauma caused by Invasion, Migration and displacement / The Glorious Invasion Series are the result of her work on the Mongol Invasion of Iran in 1220/

Full CV

Education

2015 MFA, Painting /Drawing, the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2013 Master of Visual Arts, University of Art, Tehran, Iran
2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, AL Zahra University, Tehran, Iran
2001 Certificate, Film Making, Iranian Youth Cinema Society, Tehran, Iran

Solo/Dual Exhibitions

2017 Open Studio Residency, 1st street park, New York, NY, USA
2016 Reimagining Cities, Displacement, Zola, State College, PA, USA
2016 Displacement, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2015 Glorious Invasion, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2013 Lines, roosters and other bits and pieces, Sanati Museum of Contemporary Art, Kerman, Iran
2012 Rooster series, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Group Exhibitions

2017 Illogical Animus, sUgAR Gallery, Fayetteville, AR, USA
2016 In Between, Mural,Collaboration in invading the Visual Arts Building, University Park, PA, USA
2016 The Color of Narrative, Hump Day Galley, University Park, PA, USA
2014 Small Works, the Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2014 MilkShake, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2014 Anti-Thesis, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2014 Deliver the Goods, Borland Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2014 Beware, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2013 Deliver the Goods, Shippensburg University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2013 if it fits, Borland Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
2013 Artists’Book, Mahemehr Art Gallery,Tehran, Iran
2012 Print Making, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Queensland, Australia
2012 The 8th Iranian National Biennial of Painting, Tehran, Iran
2011 ArtBeat Istanbul, Casa dell’arte Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Stuck in the middle with you, (Curated by Asli Seven), Casa Dell’Arte, Bodrum, Turkey
2011 Print Making, Haft Samart Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2011 Digital Installation Art Paris, le Grand Palais, Paris, France
2010 Painting, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 Painting, Garden Museum of Iranian Arts Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 1st Pictorial Arts Festival on Humanitarian Assistance, Tehran, Iran
2008 Selective Painting Exhibition of Al-Zahra’s art students, Tehran, Iran
2007 Dr. Soundozi Drawing Festival, Tehran, Iran
2006 Space, Painting, Photography, Elaheh Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2006 Drawing Exhibition of Charsoo Honar, Tehran, Iran
2006 Visual Arts Festival, Marivan, Iran

Awards

2015 Travel Grant- Cincinnati Taft Humanity Conference
2013 Assistantship- the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Conference

2017 Portraits of public spaces, memory and urban life in Tehran, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
2017 Activism through Multimedia Art, Serap Erincin, Borland Project Space, University Park, PA
2016 Displacement Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA
2015 Glorious Invasion, Architecture & Politics Of The Middle East, HumanitiesNow, Graduate Conference, Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati

Auctions

2015 PKCF Annual Fundraiser, London, UK

Residency

2016 Artist in residence, at the School of Visual Arts, Penn State University
2011 Casa Dell’Arte // Art Residency #0.2, Bodrum, Turkey

Career Highlights

  • 2016 Solo show, Reimagining Cities, Displacement, Zola, State College, PA, USA
  • 2016 Artist in residence, at the School of Visual Arts, Penn State University
  • 2015 Solo Show, Glorious Invasion, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, the Pennsylvania State University, PA

Artist Statement

Reimagining My City
The discomfort of being a person living and working in the US suggests a feeling and a place that, I think, these paintings were being made from: painting about things that I don't have the proper language for. In this series, I work in layers to emphasize the sense of space and movement in between. I choose part of my city, a building or a corner of a street that I feel I would like to take a walk in, and I begin reimagining my city all over again and projecting that onto my canvas.
Diaspora is a piercing theme, which is also my own story. It is a challenge when you recall the residue of collective human suffering in excess of one’s own. You realize that the aftermath of international power struggles is coming to your breakfast table. I am but a small, living part of the collective body of trauma.
My recent paintings address displacement by delving into the various emotional and historical layers of public space and memory and reimagining them back. The way social and political changes transform civic spaces is of a particular interest to me. I am inspired by the confused swimming pools which turned out to be gardens instead, clear windows that became matt, and also by mythical stories such as the Tower of Babel, borrowing its symbolism to address current dilemmas.
I remember homes having a more open format and not necessarily private, however, they transformed into secretive spaces. I remember the birth of the new neighborhoods in my city, faceless ones. Now it was on us to give them character. I believe that architecture is the self-portrait of our generation. Farima Fooladi, November 2017.