Raha Raissnia

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Confound, 2020
Oil, acrylic medium, gesso on canvas

Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Domain of Silenus, 2021
Oil, ink and acrylic medium on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
Iridium, 2020
Oil, acrylic medium and gesso on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Installation view, Galvanization, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, 2019

Galvanoscope 2 (Film A and Film B), 2018 (still)
Dual projector installation with two 16mm films (3 min. loop), wood, scrim
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Installation view of Aviary (2018/2021) on view in exhibition Greater New York, 2021, MoMA PS1
Courtesy of MoMA PS1
Photo: Martin Seck

Myrtle, 2020
Oil, acrylic medium, gesso on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Nadir 2, 2016 (still)
Hand painted 16mm film for one projector, 76 individual hand painted collaged 35mm slides for two projectors, hand painted double screens, 20 minutes
Music by Panagiotis Mavridis performing with his pipe and stringed instruments
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Scholastic View, 2019
Graphite, compressed charcoal, ink, collage on paper
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Alluvius, 2016
12 mixed media drawings
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Setup for performance with Aki Onda at Arnolfini, Bristol, 2014
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Installation view, Raha Raissnia, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, 2008
Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Raha Raissnia (b. 1968, Tehran, Iran) received her BFA from the School of the Art institute of Chicago in 1992 and her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2002.  In the interim, her interest in avant-garde filmmaking led her to work at Anthology Film Archives (1995–1999), where she has also exhibited. Raissnia presented a solo exhibition of new work in 2017-18 at the Drawing Center (New York).  In 2016, her work was the subject of a solo presentation at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) as well as included in the 13th Bienal de Cuenca, and in 2015 her work was included in All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, for the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale. Previously, her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), White Columns (New York), Access Gallery (Vancouver), the Museum of Contemporary Art St. Louis, Khastoo Gallery (Los Angeles), Thomas Dane Gallery (London), and The Kitchen (New York), among others. Recent solo shows were held at Ab/Anbar Gallery (Tehran), Galeria Marta Cervera (Madrid), Galerie Xippas (Paris), and the Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art (Isfahan, Iran).

Raissnia’s projection-performances, often undertaken in collaboration with Aki Onda and Panagiotis Mavridis, have been held at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Kunsthal Rotterdam, Arnolfini – Center for Contemporary Arts (Bristol, UK), the Drawing Center (New York), Issue Project Room (New York), Emily Harvey Foundation (New York), and OK LÀ (Montreal), among others. Raissnia’s sixth one-person exhibition at Miguel Abreu Gallery was on display in the winter of 2019. Her work is held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Pejman Foundation (Tehran), Colección INELCOM (Madrid), the Pinault Collection, and The Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania). Selected Works: Raha Raissnia, a monograph dedicated to her work, was published by Ab-Anbar Gallery in 2015.

Raissnia’s work was included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1, New York, in 2021-2022, and is currently on view in Singing in Unision: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destory, curated by Phong H. Bui and Cal McKeever of the Brooklyn Rail, at Ricco/Maresca, New York. Her forthcoming solo exhibition will be held at Empty Gallery opening in Winter 2022.

Biography courtesy of Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Education

2002
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, MFA
1992
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, BFA

Solo Exhibitions

2022
Empty Gallery, Hong Kong (forthcoming)
Sequence 8: one work, one or two weeks, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
2020
Remain, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2019
Galvanization, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
2018
Canto, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2017
Alluvius, The Drawing Center, New York
2015
Selected Works: Raha Raissnia, Ab/Anbar Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Aberration, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
2014
Vioi, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2013
Series in Fugue, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
2011
Early Spring, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
2010
Glean, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2009
Shorthand of Sensation, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
2008
Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
2006
Stele, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
Anemophily, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
2005
Aphelion, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
2004
Epitaphios, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Isfahan, Iran
2003
Court House Gallery at Anthology Film Archives, New York
2002
Court House Gallery at Anthology Film Archives, New York
Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021
Greater New York 2021, Moma PS1, Long Island City, NY
Ensemble, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles, CA
Regroup Show, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, NY
2020
Long Live Modern Movement, CSS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
To Jonas with Love, Ki Smith Gallery, New York, NY
2019
The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Scrapbook (or, Why Can’t We Live Together), Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
International Film Festival of Rotterdam | Deep Focus: Blackout, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands
2017
In Between: Contemporary Iranian Art (Part 1), Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
Abraaj Group Art Prize Exhibition, Art Dubai, UAE
We need to talk..., Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
2016
Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Off Screen, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015
All the World's Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italy
2014
Looking Back – The 8th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY
2011
John Zorn Presents the Obsessions Collective: Works by Artists of Extreme Interest, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
New York to London and Back: The Medium of Contingency, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
2009
Stip/Stripe, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY

Grants and Awards

2014
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2011
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award
2008
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2001
Pratt Institute Delacroix Award for Painting Excellence
1999
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
1998
Dodd's Travel Grant, Travels to Italy, Spain, and France

Teaching

2014–
Adjunct Professor of Drawing, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY
2010–2014
Adjunct Professor of Drawing, City College of New York, NY

Selected Film & Performance/Installation

2019
Performance with Panagiotis Mavridis and Dalius Naujokaitis, part of Presents for Jonas!, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018
Raha Raissnia: Expanded Film Performances, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Essential Cinema – Live Scores to Films by Maya Deren, Marie Menken, and Raha Raissnia, Music by John Zorn, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, New York
Freeway I, Raha Raissnia/Charles Curtis, The Drawing Center, New York
2017
Free Way (Part II), part of Dreamlands: The Color of Light, organized by Chrissie Iles, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2016
Modern Mondays, The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Basement Performances, curated by John Zorn, The Drawing Center, NY
2013
Raha Raissnia/Aki Onda, part of Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
2012
As If Someone Erased Outlines, Raha Raissnia/Aki Onda, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY
2011
Cosmography, Raha Raisnia/Briggan Krauss, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2010
Film Screenings and performances, curated by Jonathan Thomas, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Collections

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Colección INELCOM, Madrid, Spain
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Pejman Foundation, Tehran, Iran
Pinault Collection