Shadi Harouni is an artist based in New York and Tehran. Her recent work, set in cemeteries and quarries throughout Kurdistan, are close studies of a history of dissent and resistance in the region. Harouni has been featured in Art Forum, New York Times, The Guardian, among other publications. Her work has been exhibited at The Queens Museum, NY, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, IT, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY. She has been awarded a Harpo Foundation Grant, A.I.R. Fellowship, residencies at Fondazione Ratti (IT), SOMA (MX), Lower East Side Printshop (NY) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME). Harouni holds an MFA from New York University (2011) and a BFA from University of Southern California (2007). She teaches art and theory at NYU and Parsons The New School.

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I collect facts on how power attempts to erase and abolish, and on the kinds of ingenuity and strategy the individual employs to resist erasure. I dissect and mimic these strategies in video installations, architectural interventions, sculptures, photographs, texts and prints. My images and sculptural forms attempt to give body to that which has been reduced to surface. My research centers on the metaphysics and absurdities of hope alive in dead bodies, forbidden objects and forgotten histories. Graves of revolutionaries slowly erased by an artificial forestation project, bones of a philosopher carried for centuries for safekeeping,toilets paved over to drive bodies out of an illegal settlement, a factory built only to conceal books in its foundations. I look for narratives that highlight the absurd and surreal ways in which form and experience are manipulated in politics. I, in turn, manipulate material, scale and time to carve out spaces that act as vessels for such narratives.