Hadi Fallahpisheh performs in solitude. Confined in the dark, his vision is impaired and his movements become absurd and cumbersome. He is alone in the darkroom. There is zero light pollution. The artist makes use of different tools: flashlights, balls and photographic techniques. The resulting images verge on caricature, seemingly motivated by mischievous impulse and disconcerting immorality.Read more
The performance could be akin to slapstick comedy. In a Sisyphean rehearsal, in the pitch dark, he throws a ball at a sheet of light-sensitive photographic paper. When the ball hits the paper, a bulb lights up. The flash creates a photogram and exposes different objects, making faint outlines of grids and structures.
Dissolving the boundary between photography and painting, Hadi Fallahpisheh uses the flashlight to make line drawings. The crude figures are often alone, disconnected or even behind bars. The work touches upon the collective experience of isolation.
Institutional and bureaucratic intimidation—with which migrants are especially confronted—are recurrent motifs. The threat of persecution, expulsion or imprisonment is present. Hadi Fallahpisheh broaches the question of belonging, tapping into the basic fear of being excluded. While addressing systemic conditions, his works take on loneliness, the human condition in all its madness.
For his first exhibition at Efremidis, Hadi Fallahpisheh will make a new series of photographic works, several ceramic sculptures and an installation in the gallery’s window space engaging in a conversation around access and exclusivity.
Hadi Fallahpisheh (*1987, Iran), lives and works in New York, USA. In 2015, he participated in the Creative Practices Program at the International Center for Photography in New York. In 2016 he received an MFA in Photography at Bard College.
Currently a teaching fellow at Harvard University, Fallahpisheh was the recipient of the Artadia award in 2018. His work has been exhibited at Fahrenheit, Madrid; NYC, Blum & Poe, LA; Central Fine, Miami; Sculpture Center, NYC; Tramps, Simone Subal Gallery, NYC; Kai Katsumiya, NYC; Dastan Gallery, Tehran and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran.