The Vera List Center for Art and Politics and SculptureCenter present Subjective Histories of Sculpture. This year, Lucy Skaer, Nairy Baghramian, and Josephine Meckseper have been invited to present their takes on art history. Citing bodies of work, specific works, texts, and personal anecdotes from both inside and outside the world of cultural production and art, these subjective, incomplete, eclectic histories challenge assumptions and propose new ways to understand sculpture’s evolving strategies.
Working in sculptural installations and photography, Nairy Baghramian employs interior design, literature, and art-historical debates around minimalism to comment on materiality, manufacture, and display. Her work examines political and social systems of power, encompassing questions of context, institutional framing, and the production and reception of contemporary art. Baghramian’s work possesses a sense of immediacy that emphasizes the physicality of the object itself. Her sleek, polished aluminum pieces and cast rubber forms are often arranged in intimate mise-en-scènes that highlight the absence of a body while imbuing the forms themselves with bodily presence.
Born in Isfahan, Iran, in 1971, Baghramian lives and works in Berlin. Her recent exhibitions include Illuminations at the 54th Venice Biennale; a two-person show with Phyllida Barlow at Serpentine Gallery in London; and shows at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Sculpture Project Münster 07, and Kunsthalle Basel.
Nairy Baghramian, installation view Formagede Tete (Réchaud F + Réchaud G), 2011. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.