The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present a solo-show of Austro-Iranian artist Ramesch Daha at the ACFNY’s loft gallery.
Hand-written notes, old postage stamps, banknotes, maps, photographs, drawings, newspaper cuttings: all of these can be found in the “Research Diary” at the core of Austro-Iranian artist Ramesch Daha’s wide-ranging project Unlimited History. The drawings and photographs show people, soldiers, deep canyons, steel bridges and railway tracks. One of the maps is headed “Grain Production and Transportation,” one of the photos shows a group of marching soldiers and carries the title “Occupation of Persia.” Unlimited History combines aspects of the artist’s family history with events of profound historical significance.
Born in Teheran in 1971, Ramesch Daha moved with her family to Vienna, her mother’s native city, to escape the Islamic Revolution and its resurgent fundamentalism. In her artistic work, Daha often chooses the story of her Austro-Iranian family as the starting point for her considerations. A comprehensive historical research is characteristic for her artistic method to proceed with an awareness of the constructed nature of history and of the subjectivity of the historical narrative. In her preferred artistic media – painting, drawing, video, and installation – she confronts the viewer with the discrepancy between individual and institutionalized history in order to question the complexity of the present, the essence of which becomes apparent through her historical digressions.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ramesch Daha was born in 1971 in Teheran/Iran. Before Daha began her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1994-1998) she was a private student of Georg Eisler, who encouraged her to follow her political and historical interests. Daha has exhibited internationally including shows at Secession Vienna (2015) and 21er Haus, Vienna (2014). She received the Austrian Federal Grant for Fine Arts in 2005, the Sponsorship Award of the City of Vienna in 2010, and the Gmoser Preis in 2015. Daha lives and works in Vienna/Austria.
ABOUT THE AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM
With its architectural landmark building in Midtown Manhattan, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is dedicated to innovative and cutting-edge programming, showcasing the best of Austrian contemporary art, music, literature, performance, and academic thought in New York and throughout the United States. In addition to presenting three group exhibitions per year in its multi-level gallery space and housing around 10,000 volumes of Austriaca in its state-of-the-art library, it hosts over 100 free events per year in its own auditorium and supports at least as many projects at partner institutions across the nation. Visit www.acfny.org for more information.
EXHIBITION MARCH 16 – APRIL 24, 2017
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd St. (btw. Madison & 5th), 11th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Open MON-FRI, 10 AM – 6 PM, closed on weekends
Admission to exhibitions, concerts, and other events is free.
RSVP for the Artist Talk at 6:30PM here.