Influences of Homeland and Diaspora on the Artistic Language of 56 Contemporary Iranian Artists
About Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath co-founded Art Reoriented in 2009 as a multidisciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York. Integral to Bardaouil and Fellrath’s practice is the critique of conventional art-historical classifications and the interrogation of traditional mechanisms by which contemporary art is understood. Through their work, they excavate art-historical materials, with specific interest in multiple modernities, for the purpose of questioning the way artists and artworks have been appropriated by diverse modes of representation.
Some of their recent exhibitions include Mona Hatoum: Turbulence at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (2014), Songs of Loss and Songs of Love at the Gwangju Museum of Art in South Korea (2014), and I Spy With My Little Eye… at the Mosaic Rooms in London and Casa Arabe in Madrid and Cordoba (2015).. In 2013, Bardaouil and Fellrath were the curators of the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and of the comprehensive retrospective Paul Guiragossian: The Human Condition at the Beirut Exhibition Center. They also curated Mathaf’s inaugural contemporary art exhibition Told Untold Retold (2010–2011) and the critically acclaimed international traveling exhibition Tea with Nefertiti (2012–2014). Their upcoming projects include the Sydney Biennale in March 2016, where they are part of the Biennale’s team of curatorial attachés. In September 2016, they will open the first major museum exhibition dedicated to Surrealism in Egypt at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, followed by other international museum venues in 2017.
Bardaouil and Fellrath have held teaching positions at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, the London School of Economics, the Singapore Institute of Management, and the American University of Beirut among other institutions. Their academic research projects include collaborations with numerous institutions such as the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) in Paris, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In addition, they have served as jurors on various judging panels such as Videobrasil’s 19th Contemporary Art Festival (Sao Paolo), Under Construction, the sixth edition of Exposure, the Beirut Art Centre’s annual exhibition for emerging artists in or from Lebanon, the 2014 Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition (Istanbul) and the 2012 Boghossian Foundation Prize for Young Lebanese Artists (Beirut).
They have authored and contributed to numerous publications such as Overcoming the Modern: Dansaekhwa – The Korean Monochrome Movement, Iran Inside Out, ItaliaArabia, and their recent book Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring: Conversations with Artists from the Arab World.