The works of multidisciplinary artist Bahar Behbahani address her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss. Through her lyrical videos, Behbahani stages a contemporary cultural critique by layering and juxtaposing allusions to past and present sociopolitical circumstances with a language that she draws from her experience as a painter.

Behbahani’s work has been shown in a number of exhibitions, including Let the Garden Eram Flourish, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US (2017); 7th Moscow Biennale (2017); 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016); 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2011); Queens Museum, New York (2010); Mimara Museum, Zagreb, Croatia (2003) and Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh, Dhaka (2002). Her work is part of the collections at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; Visual Arts Museum of Pasargad Bank, Tehran; Time Equities, New York; Columbia Hospital, New York and Sharjah Art Foundation.

She was an invited speaker at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (2016); St John’s University, New York (2016); John Jay College, New York (2015); East Bay Media Center, Berkeley, US (2015); Parsons School of Design, New York (2015) and Baruch College, New York (2014).

Behbahani participated in a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, US (2017) and received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2013).

She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in painting from Tehran University of Art in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Born in Tehran, Behbahani currently lives and works in Brooklyn, US.


Behbahani, Bahar

Ride the Caspian

Almagul Menlibayeva and Bahar Behbahani explore the dialogue between two ancient cultures that border the Caspian Sea on the crossroads of the Middle East and Central Asia.