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Parham Ghalamdar
b. 1994, Iran

Parham Ghalamdar is a painter, curator, and researcher specialized in oil painting with a background in graffiti and public art. Ghalamdar's practice is concerned with ways of disciplining an image by relying on the histories and traditions of painting. His overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life. Ghalamdar explores painting through a paradoxical trust and mistrust in relation to the aesthetics of Realism and 2D cartoons, and the possible absurdist method of switching between these two codes. During the National Lockdown and inaccessibility to the studio, he has been expanding his paintings into the digital realm by making stop-motion animations by creating montages of drawings edited alongside archival and found footage.

In the past few years, Ghalamdar has worked with numerous publicly funded and private institutes. In 2020 he had a solo show at the Workplace Foundation in the North East of England which is an Arts Council England NPO. Ghalamdar was a Castlefield Gallery mentee and the gallery represented his paintings at The Manchester Contemporary Art Fair 2019. He has been working with the People’s History Museum as a member of the Community Programme Team to plan and deliver public events that will explore migration. He has worked with and/or been commissioned by the Iranian studies program at Stanford University, Manchester School Of Art, Magic of Persia charity foundation (London), Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College (London), Chapel gallery (Ormskirk), Oceans Apart Studios and Gallery (Manchester), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), EU Liberty Programme, ArtReach / Journeys Festival International, Peer To Peer: UK/HK festival, UK New Artists, Atkinson Gallery (Somerset), University Of Salford Art Collection (Salford), Social Convention (London), Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), Emergeast (Dubai) and many more.

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Credentials

2 solo exhibitions
Art fair participant
Multiple awards and grants winner

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Artist Statement

Ghalamdar’s practice is first and foremost concerned with ways of disciplining an image by relying on the histories and traditions of painting. His overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life. He carries out this task by paying attention to the surface and employing painterly tools to create complex layers of paint to present a stretched spectrum of paradoxical qualities: soft and rough, thin and dense, immediate and distant, exanimate and fluid, etc. Inspired by Meta-Modernism, this approach is employed to offer tension to the surface in order to oscillate between paradoxical poles, anticipating that the result would be an invitation to look and observe. In order to succeed with such a task, he relies on the train of traditions and histories of painting. In order to apply certain principles, he searches for credible compositional structures, alongside other painterly tools and incorporates them by stripping the subject and inflicting his own imaginative content. Ghalamdar’s paintings have drawn influence from Caravaggio, Goya, Bouguereau to more contemporary artists such as the New Leipzig School.

The Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes ‘absurd’ as a state, where man exists within an irrational and meaningless universe and in which man’s life has no meaning outside of his own existence. In such a world, the very act of searching for meaning pushes the curious man into a more unwanted conflict with his universe. That is the space where Ghalamdar’s paintings happen – a restless struggle to find reason, order - and above all discipline. A good example of such behavior would be The Myth of Sisyphus. Sisyphus protests absurdity by embracing his fate, continuing it, refusing to resign. Ghalamdar finds painting and continuing to paint an act of co-operating with life without actually being able to come to terms with the displacement. To execute the pragmatism of such a theory, Ghalamdar’s practice explores painting through a paradoxical trust and mistrust in relation to the aesthetics of Realism and 2D cartoons, and the possible absurdist method of switching between these two codes. The volume of the absurdity is so immense, it strips off elements of narration or storytelling, to encourage the painting to develop its own identity.


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CV

Education

2019-2021 MA Painting, Manchester School of Art, Manchester, UK. Studied under the tutorship of Dr. Ian Hartshorne
2016-2019 First class BA (Hons) Fine art, Manchester School of Art, Manchester, UK.
2012-2015 BA (Hons) Printing and Media, Art University, Tehran, Iran.


Solo Exhibitions

2020 Parham Ghalamdar, The Conduit, London, UK
2020 Parham Ghalamdar, Workplace Foundation, Gateshead, UK


Group Exhibitions

2021 'I Matter', Babylon Gallery, Ely, UK
2020 'Somewhere Between Reality And Obscurity', The Viewing Room of UK New Artists (UKNA), UK
2020 'Peer To Peer: UK/HK Festival', Led by Ying Kwok, CFCCA, Open Eye Gallery and University Of Salford Art Collection, Salford, UK
2020 'Obstruction', Castlefield Gallery/Agency, Salford, UK
2020 'Unrest', Union Memorial Gallery, North Dakota State University, USA
2020 'WCAF20 Open Exhibition', Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington, UK
2020 'Queer Contemporaries', A4 Gallery/Studios, Altrincham, UK
2020 MA & Other Postgraduates 2020, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, UK
2020 'Upside Down Bucket', P.S Mirabel Gallery, Manchester, UK
2019 'Stretch', P.S Mirabel Gallery, Manchester, UK
2019 'Graffiti, Vandalism and Protest in Iran: An Archival Curation', People’s History Museum, Manchester, UK
2019 The Manchester Contemporary art fair, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, UK
2019 OBR Binary Archive, Old Bank Residency, Manchester, UK
2019 Urban Contemporary & Street Photography, Old Spitalfields Market, London, UK
2019 Paint, PS Mirabel gallery, Manchester, UK
2019 'Everything starts from something' (Degree Show), Manchester School of Art, Manchester, UK
2019 Super Brain, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK
2019 Upside Down Bucket, OA Studios, Manchester, UK
2019 'Middle Eastern Contemporary Art', Online auction presented by Paddle8 and curated by Emergeast
2018 'Let's Take a Moment', Molecule Restaurant Gallery Lounge, Dubai, UAE
2018 '20:20 Print Exchange', Benzie Cafe, Manchester, UK
2018 'START Art Fair', Saatchi, London, UK
2018 START Art Fair’s The Collectors Club, Saatchi, London, UK
2018 Unquiet Landscapes, Plant Noma, Manchester, UK
2017 20:20 Print Exchange, Benzie Cafe, Manchester, UK
2017 Emergeast 4th Edition Auction, Le Cirque (The Ritz-Carlton), Dubai, UAE
2017 'Magic in Monaco', Kamil Gallery, Monaco
2017 'Magic in Monaco Auction', Principality of Monaco, Monaco
2017 'Ocean can be yours', Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK
2016 'Art, Social Space and Public Discourse in Iran', Coulter Art Gallery, Stanford, USA
2016 'Iranian Contemporary Art', Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, USA
2016 The Mine Pop-up show XIV, The Mine Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2016 'Art in secret', Alserkal venue, Dubai, UAE
2015 Iranian embassy in Israel, Julie K palace, Jerusalem, Israel
2015 'Inside-out Iran', Rich Mix mezzanine gallery, London, England
2015 Calligraffiti Ambassadors, Affenfaust gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2015 'Iranian Urban Art', Graffik gallery, London, England
2014 'Few scenes from paradise', Atbin gallery, Tehran, Iran


Selected Artist Talks

2020 'Parham Ghalamdar in conversation with Jenny Eden', Workplace Foundation, Gateshead, UK
2019 'Protest, art and culture in post-revolutionary Iran', Artist talk and panel discussion as part of the Journeys Festival International 2019, People’s History Museum, Manchester, UK
2016 'Getting Up: The Politics Of Public Space', Artist talk and panel discussion as part of the 'Art, Social Space and Public Discourse' symposium, Stanford Department of Art & Art History, Stanford, USA
2015 Artist talk and panel discussion as part of the 'Iran Inside-out' group exhibition, Graffik Gallery, London, UK


Selected Publications

2016 Pamela Karimi, “Alternative Belongings: Instituting and Inhabiting the Iranian Underground” essay featured in “After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit”, Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich, 106-107.
2015 Nicholas Ganz,” Street messages”, Dokument Press, Sweden, 50.


Selected Bibliography

ASSEMBLAGE MAGAZINE: "BETWEEN THE BACK AND THE LOIN: JENNY EDEN ON PARHAM GHALAMDAR'S EXHIBITION AT WORKPLACE FOUNDATION"
ART COLLECTION, UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD: "Birds or Borders – new animated video + Q&A with artist Parham Ghalamdar"
SHORT SUPPLY: "In Conversation with Parham Ghalamdar"
WORKPLACE FOUNDATION: "Between the Back and the Loin; Jenny Eden on Parham Ghalamdar’s exhibition at Workplace Foundation"
YAC | Young Artists in Conversation Artists: "Parham Ghalamdar, Interview by Yasmine Rix"
ANARCHIST MILK COLLECTIVE: "Parham Ghalamdar: The aesthetics of the absurd"
ANARCHIST MILK COLLECTIVE: "Parham Ghalamdar: Painting and the absurd"
JOURNEYS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL: "Parham Ghalamdar Chats Graffiti, Art and Protest"
PAMELA KARIMI: “Alternative Belongings: Instituting and Inhabiting the Iranian Underground,” published in the "After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit" book (Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2016)
STANFORD UNIVERSITY: "Art, Social Space and Public Discourse in Iran"
ARABIAN HARPER BAZAAR: "Everything You Need To Know About Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar"
Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar: "Studio Visit: Ghalamdar"
MAJESTIC DISORDER: "EXPORTING IRANIAN STREET ART"
ARTRADAR JOURNAL: "4 Iranian street artists to know"
AJAM MEDIA COLLECTIVE: "Making Graffiti an Iranian Art: The Works of Tehran-based Street Artist Ghalamdar"
AJAM MEDIA COLLECTIVE: "Making Graffiti an Iranian Art: The Works of Tehran-based Street Artist Ghalamdar"


Awards, Grants, & Commissions

2021 Short animation commissioned by Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar
2020 Shortlisted for the second stage of John Moore’s Painting Prize
2020 Short trio-animations commissioned by PROFORMA as part of the LOITER programme
2020 Leading artist/key contributor of Graffiti, Art and Protest in Iran VR project in collaboration with Limina Immersive company, commissioned by Journeys Festival International as part of Liberty EU programme funded by Creative Europe.
2020 Short animation commissioned by Journeys Festival International & Liberty EU as part of the Freedom Of Movement? programme
2020 Short animation commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection in partnership with Castlefield Gallery/Agency as part of the Covid Commissions
2020 Short animation commissioned by Sheba Arts - Celebrating Diversity Festival
2020 Art Council of England Emergency Response Funding
2019 Wallace Seymour Oil Painting Award
2019 Castlefield Gallery Year-long Mentorship Programme
2019 Manchester Metropolitan University Library Collection Award
2019 P.S. Mirabel Gallery Paint (Shortlisted)
2017 Future.Iran. Award (Shortlisted)
2016 Commissioned indoor mural for the Magic Of Persia foundation office


Residencies

2020 Artist-in-residence From July to August at Social Convention LABS programme, London,UK.
2016 Oct-Nov Artist-In-Residence, Art, Social Space and Public discourse in Iran Symposium, Stanford University, Stanford, USA


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