As the winner of the Emdash Award 2011, Anahita Razmi has produced a video installation for a new commission showing at Frieze Art Fair 2011 (13-16 October). It intends to draw attention to how Tehran's skyline was recently used by protesters after the Iranian presidential election. She uses choreographer Trisha Brown's 1971 work Roof Piece, which took place on 12 different rooftops over a ten-block area in downtown New York, as its point of departure. The work will be presented as 12 different video installations scattered throughout the fair.
Razmi is a video and performance artist based in Stuttgart. Her previous works have dealt with issues concerning identity and gender, employing objects with a national and cultural significance or citing the work of high-profile female artists. Working within the tradition of appropriation and re-enactment, Razmi detaches cultural symbols from their established meanings by employing them in unexpected situations and contexts.
During her residency Anahita Razmi took part in a Screening and In Conversation with associate editor of Frieze Magazine, Sam Thorne. Razmi studied at Akademie für Bildende Künste, Stuttgart; Pratt Institute, New York; and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Selected shows and projects include: Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany (2011), Division by Zero, Carbon12, Dubai, Best Of Best Of Best Of, Video Group Screening Show, Berlin, Germany (2011), Gruppenausstellung, Utopia Parkway, Stuttgart, Germany (2011), SIN!, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, United States (2010), Kunstfilmtag 10, Theatersaal des Kunstlerverein Malkasten, Dusseldorf, Germany (2010), Das Ding, G.A.S Station, Berlin, Germany (2010), Strange Relations, Kert Galeria, Szolnok, Hungary (2010), If Love is an Ice Cream, Flat 1, Wien, Austria (2010).
The Emdash Award allows an emerging artist based outside the UK to realise a major project at Frieze Art Fair as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme. The award is supported by the Emdash Foundation, a private foundation with a mission to support new ideas and emerging talent across disciplines, from the arts and cultural projects to science.