Carré d´Art, Nimes
Place de la Maison Carrée
artist / participant
April 29–September 18, 2022
Over the last two decades, Nairy Baghramian has created sculptures, photographic works and drawings that explore the relationships between architecture, everyday objects, and the human body. Baghramian’s sculptural work boldly features protuberances and cavities, blobs and spills, limbs and prosthetics, all of which challenge the traditional concepts of volume, mass, form, and theatricality that have shaped the history of sculpture. Her works are created from materials as diverse as steel, aluminium, wood, glass, silicon, resin, cork and copper. They often allude to familiar objects abstracted and reconfigured in precise and innovative new forms, and this reinvention conjures fragments deriving from many fields, both anthropomorphic and industrial, from fashion, theater to interior and exterior architecture.
This exhibition is her first solo show in a French museum.
Born in 1971 in Isafahan, Nairy Baghramian lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at an array of institutions, including Secession, Vienna (2022), GAM, Milan (2021), MUDAM, Luxembourg (2019); the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2018); SMK, Copenhagen (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2016); S.M.A.K, Ghent (2016); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015); Museo Serralves, Porto (2014); the Art Institute of Chicago (2014). Baghramian also participated in Skulptur Projekte, Muenster (2017/2007); documenta 14, Kassel and Athens (2017); Lyon Biennale (2017); Berlin Biennale (2014/2008); 54th and 58thVenice Biennale (2011/2019). This year she received the Nasher Prize for excellence in contemporary sculpture.