BAHAR BEHBAHANI  | Women—Experimental Films
THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 7pm  |  Barbès, Brooklyn


Women—Experimental Films

Saturday, March 8, 2014
at Barbès

Bahar Behbahani's Suspended shown in celebration of Women's Day

On Saturday, March 8, The Shed presents a film screening in celebration of Women’s Day at Barbès. The event entitled Women—Experimental Films will showcase 14 films and is programmed by Roberta Bonisson. Featuring films by Sasha Waters Freyer, Hildebrand+Magsamen, Rosane Chameki, Andrea Lerner, Bahar Behbahani, Beth Portnoy, Kristine Marx, Shannon Brunette, Negar Behbahani, Shannon Plumb, Gabriela Gusmão, Toni Simon, Terry Berkowitz, Camila Sobral, Lelé Luiza, and Roberta Bonisson. The program is dedicated to all women—and in particular to those working with the moving image—saluting their commitment to explore, with humor, poetry and activism issues of displacement, memory, loss of individual power, maternal ambivalence, family, and identity.  

In Behbahani's Suspended—selected ‘Best in Show’ by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art, in 2007—a woman questions love, humanity, identity, freedom, and femininity when everything seems 'normal.' This abstract film is about a woman's life; the ideals, the norms, the things that exist, and the fantasies. The protagonist takes the audience to her backyard and together, they observe her life in ambiguity. 

What interests Behbahani is creating images—moving and still, layered and literal—that suspend reality in a state of hypnotic ambivalence, and yet reveals a volatile sense of place. With visual language that abstracts her relationships with people and poetry, pop culture, and politics, she blurs representations of true and false to extract beauty from the chaos and uncertainty that surround her. Behbahani's work considers the value of a less emotive, but equally poignant perspective—she stages a contemporary cultural critique layering and juxtaposing allusions to past and present socio-political circumstances. Returning to Iran in 2006, she observed herself and many other people like her in a state of suspension, living in a world that seems upside down. 

View the full WOMEN: EXPERIMENTAL FILM Program

Date + Time
Saturday 8 March, 7pm

376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
347 422 0248

Multidisciplinary artist, Bahar Behbahani’s work addresses her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss, representing her chronic displacement and longing. Through her lyrical videos Behbahani stages a contemporary cultural critique by layering and juxtaposing allusions to past and present sociopolitical circumstances with a language that she draws from her experience as a painter. Her work has been featured in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE; Queens Museum, New York; The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Mimara Museum, Croatia; The Tribeca Film Festival, New York; as well as the Asia Art Biennial, Bangladesh, among others.

Behbahani was awarded an Art Omi International Artists Residency by The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2013 and the Art and Culture Network Program Grant from the Open Society Institute, Budapest in 2011. Guggenheim Museum Curator Suzanne Cotter selected her video for the 10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE. In 2007, her video Suspended was selected ‘Best in Show’ by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Queensland Museum, Australia; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; and Columbia Hospital, New York; as well as numerous private collections. She received her BA and MA in painting in Tehran, Iran and lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

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IMAGES:  Bahar Behbahani, Suspended (still), 2007, Single-channel, HD Video © Bahar Behbahani
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