Hidden Camera

Opening Reception Thursday, February 7, 6-9pm
111 Front Street [1st floor, suite 212-14]  |  Brooklyn, NY

Large-scale paintings from the My Faantazee series 
presented at Causey Contemporary DUMBO location

© Bahar Behbahani

February 7 - March 3, 2013

Causey Contemporary will feature a selection of Behbahani's large-scale mixed media paintings from her My Faantazee series at their DUMBO location, marking the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Her recent body of paintings, created in her studio five years after relocating to Brooklyn from Iran, were completed with an anticipated freedom from the feeling that “you had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized” (George Orwell, 1984). However, in My Faantazee, Behbahani found that the "essence of being watched is universally infused." 

The works capture their subjects mid-action, as if by camera. Moments are frozen. Their endeavors come with the promise of sweet ‘treats’—in the name of a liberation operation or simply a 'free rectal exam'. Witty characters are ensnared in this pop-grotesque world: horny babies, seductive kids, totemic fetish toys, donkeys and American-made superheroes. Surprised that her physical displacement from the East to the West brought her a vivid political and social déjà vu, the protagonists in Behbahani’s new series—from babies to iconic superheroes—each entertain a fear of being watched. They anxiously search for hidden cameras and eyes. This constant fear imbues a childhood hyper-maturity as well as an adult infancy, as beings in all stages of life are subjugated to this invasiveness.

Behbahani states that "As author, subject and observer of these chaotic and absurd parodies, I represent a deep cultural frustration and resentment. I am the storyteller of my fantasies, flirting with taboo and the uncomfortable gaze."
About the Artist
Born in Tehran, Iran, Bahar Behbahani is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in New York. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Painting in Tehran. Her painting, installation, photography and video art have been featured in the Sydney Biennial, Sydney; Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates; Christie's, London; United Nations, Geneva; Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh, Miramar Museum, Zagreb; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Queens Museum, New York; and Tribeca Film Festival, New York, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy.
In 2007, for the 13th Annual International Exhibition of Women's Art, New York City, the artist's video Suspended was selected 'Best in Show' by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. Guggenheim Museum Curator Suzanne Cotter selected the video Ride the Caspian—Behbahani's recent collaboration with Kazakhstani artist Almagul Menlibayeva—for the 2011 Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates. The video was again selected for the 18th Sydney Biennial. 

Hidden Camera will open with an artist's reception on February 7 as part of First Thursday in DUMBO and will run through Sunday, March 3, 2013.


CAUSEY CONTEMPORARY  Tracy Causey-Jeffery 
T: 718 218 8939  E:
AKArt  Amy Kisch 
T: 646 580 6626  E:

Image: © Bahar Behbahani, Tea House, 2012-2013, Mixed media on Canvas, 54 x 72 inches



© Bahar Behbahani


Looks Like Torture
February 21 - March 30

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 21, 5-7pm

HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Avenue  |  NYC

Behbahani's award-winning film Suspended will be on view at HERE Arts Center as part of an exhibition co-curated by Nicholas Cohn Art Projects and Amy Kisch of AKArt

Looks Like Torture is a performance art-based exhibition that explores issues of identity, social behaviors and the physically and psychologically painful path of personal and societal self-discovery—filled with roadblocks of bias, misrepresentation, abuse and insecurity. Performances February 21 and March 4 + 11.

© Bahar Behbahani


The Time In Children's Arts Initiative
Changing the World Through Art

Gala + Art Auction 
Monday, February 18, 6-9pm

Marianne Boesky Gallery 
509 West 24th Street  |  NYC

Buy a ticket to the event or place your bid on Paddle8 now.

One of Behbahani's mixed media works on silkscreen, Choreographed Agreement, will be auctioned at The Time In Children's Arts Initiative benefit gala + art auction—courtesy of the artist and Causey Contemporary.

Co-chaired by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and honoring artists Rosy Keyser + Rashaad Newsome, with a live auction conducted by Paddle8's Alexander Gilkes and online auction by Paddle8
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