Two-Headed Imagomancy

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Images courtesy of the artists Shahrzad Changalvaee and Iman Raad

As part of the Intra-Disciplinary Seminar, a free, public lecture series, Shahrzad Changalvaee and Iman Raad, who have lived together since 2007, discuss their collaborative project Two-Headed Imagomancy, which started in 2014. The duo co-founded Dabireh Collective along with Reza Abedini and other Iranian designers and scholars in Tehran in 2008 to research, practice, and develop discourses on Persian language, script, calligraphy, and typography. Changalvaee and Raad moved to the US in 2013, and currently live and work in Brooklyn.

sharhzadShahrzad Changalvaee's practice responds to sculpture in a vast field of media, including installation, video, photography, text, and performance. She constructs unities of prints and multiple elements in a non-hierarchical rhizomatic connection system. Her recent photographs of accumulation of studio tools and material manifest resistance to organizational structures and patriarchal grid. Changalvaee was featured in Shanghai Biennial (2012), was the artist in residence in the Delfina Foundation in London (2012), and currently is a member and co-director of Bon-Gah collective in Tehran. She received a B.A. in Graphic Design from Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University (2006) and her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University (2015).

Iman RaadIman Raad's work presents a contradictory combination of beauty and fear. Through his art, Raad addresses humankind’s anxieties by staging a traumatic scene of a disturbance in reality. He foregrounds ornamental elements, which invert the art historical narrative of ornamentation. His work presents subjects, such as birds and fruits, that are extracted from traditionally decorative and neutral contexts and juxtaposed with present concerns and future plans. Aside from painting, Raad is also an internationally acknowledged graphic designer, included in The Phaidon archive of five hundred designs that matter as representative of the contemporary Persian graphic design movement. He received his M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University (2017), and is the 2017-2018 Shandaken Projects’ Paint School fellow.

The Spring 2018 IDS Lecture Series at The Cooper Union is organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada. The IDS Public Lecture Series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding and support from the Robert Lehman Foundation for the series. The IDS Public Lecture Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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