Often working within the folds of cultural practice, social thought and politics, much of his practice springs from contact with others, dialogues and conversations with friends, colleagues, thinkers and individuals he encounters by chance.

In Disorientation II, Rene Gabri and long-time Artist and activist collaborator Ayreen Anastas presented What Everyone Knows (2006), a video installation work that explores the lives lived by Palestinians in occupied Palestine and in Israel.

Anastas and Gabri were among the principal organizers of the New York artist community 16 Beaver Group, founded in 1999. Their work together includes The Meaning of Everything, One Step Forward Two Steps Back (2010),Camp Campaign (2006), RadioActive Discussions (2002) and United We Stand (2003). Their films have been shown widely including at the Beirut Art Center (2009), and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2009). Their book The Meaning of Everything, Vol. 1 was published in 2009 by Paraguay Press, Paris.

Other projects by Gabri include his film Movements (2002) and his work with the German collective e-Xplo.

Born in Tehran, Gabri lived in Athens and Los Angeles before moving to New York where he continues to live and work. Gabri completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1999. He has taught at the University of Architecture in Venice and the City University of New York, Staten Island.

October 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 12 and 8


Gabri, René

In the absence of the objects seen

The work of Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri engages questions of the human condition amid a world of increasing speed, scale, automation and accumulation by dispossession.

Gabri, René

MM 2015: memories of our underdevelopment, a symposium

memories of our underdevelopment, a symposium takes the form of an arabesque—interwoven motifs, which together form a composition. The three motifs are: the arabesque itself (in the shadows of Said's Orientalism); the binary of development/ underdevelopment and the past, the present, the potential.