Bahar Behbahani’s recent Growing Persian Garden series of drawings began as ritualistic depictions for an extensive series of paintings entitled Persian Garden. Her research-based works of intricate patterns of flowers and plants incorporate information from her culture’s history and archival materials as a way of addressing questions of memory and loss, displacement and longing.
Bahar Behbahani (b. 1973, Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is a recipient of the 2019 Creative Capital Award. She is currently participating in The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions (2018-2020), and her work will be featured in Open Sessions 15 at The Drawing Center in 2019. In 2017, Behbahani’s solo exhibition Let the Garden Eram Flourish was presented at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Behbahani‘s work has been featured in numerous international biennales including the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2017); 11th Shanghai Biennale, China (2016); The Prologue Exhibition for the 2016 Honolulu Biennial (2014); 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012); and Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE (2011). Recent exhibitions include Active Forms, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2018); Garden Coup, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY (2016); and Marking 2, Art Projects International, NY (2016). Her work is represented in major collections including the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; and Queensland Museum, Australia.