Reihaneh Hosseini

We watch TV, 2020

Oil on canvas, 115×140 cm

Party part 1, 2020

Oil on canvas, 134×153 cm

Bluebeard, 2020

Oil on canvas, 69×86 cm

Vamos a la playa, 2020

Oil on canvas, 130×150 cm

When I’m alone, 2020

Oil on canvas, 140×160 cm

Enough so I can eat, 2020

Oil on canvas, 100×90 cm

Five head, 2020

Oil on canvas, 31×105 cm

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas, 37×37 cm

Come in, 2020

Oil on canvas, 100×90 cm

Disable Comments, 2020

Oil on canvas, 60×47 cm

Disable Comments, 2020

Oil on canvas, 63×55 cm

Disable Comments, 2020

Oil on canvas, 70×50 cm

Disable Comments, 2020

Oil on canvas, 70×50 cm

Dr Mahmudi, 2020

Oil on canvas, 66×53 cm

Goldfinger, 2020

Oil on canvas, 46×39 cm

Stay Safe 2020

Oil on canvas, 105×93 cm

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas, 37×37 cm

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas, 90×70 cm
Biography
  • Born in 1988 in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Education
  • 2013 Bachelor degree in Philosophy, University of Tehran, Iran
  • 2014 Graphic arts and printmaking techniques, Academy of fine arts, Vienna, Austria
Solo exhibitions
  • 2020 Come In, A.MORE gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2019 Get out, Public Domin, (Porgy & Bess) Vienna, Austria
  • 2014 Elahe Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2013 Galerie het Vijfde seizoen, Netherlands
  • 2012 Elahe Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Group exhibitions
  • 2019 Get out, Public Domin, (Porgy & Bess) Vienna, Austria
  • 2020 Outburst Improper Walls Gallery, Vienna, Austria
  • 2020 Rundgang| Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2019 All Paper Show / Semperdepot | Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2019 Rundgang | Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2019 Parallel art from Gallery die schöne, Vienna, Austria
  • 2019 Bit up, then left / Zollamt Galerie, O enbach, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2018 Old painters are trying to kill me | Specktakel, Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 Usbest | Library of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 Rundgang| Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2017 Reduce yourself | The Manfred, Vienna, Austria
  • 2017 Tour | Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 Festival for youth art, Saba Akademie Center, Tehran, Iran
  • 2013 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2013 Gallery Niavaran, Tehran, Iran
  • 2013 40 Iranian women | Art Cantara, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2013 40 Iranian women | Art Cantara, Athens, Greece
  • 2013 40 Iranian women | Art Cantara, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2013 Elahe Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2011 Elahe Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2011 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2010 Gallery Lale, Tehran, Iran
  • 2010 Gallery Barg, Theran, Iran
  • 2010 Festival for youth art, Saba Akademie Center, Tehran, Iran

Come In - Opening 1 st October 2020

Reihaneh Hosseini – Come In

PRESS RELEASE

A.MORE gallery is pleased to present Come In, a debut solo exhibition by Reihaneh Hosseini, from 1st October to 14th November 2020, as the inaugural show of the new space located in Milan in Via A. Massena, 19.

The dynamic, oftentimes turbulent life journey has set Reihaneh Hosseini on a path of making the work which is strongly informed by the existential questions about the contemporary world and the search for meaning in a meaningless life. Exploring such questions through her own, and the experiences of her closest friends, she’s portraying everyday moments of common people trying, and often failing, to fit the social and economical norms and expectations. While working with a cast of recurring characters roughly based on herself, her partner, and the people from her everyday life, each piece is telling an individual, modern life story. With Come In, her debut solo as well as the inaugural exhibition of A.MORE gallery, the artist is figuratively and literally inviting you into her own life and her circle of friends.

Swathing the scenes in the melancholic, lethargic atmosphere in which the characters are on their own while together, Hosseini is also bringing up the importance of psycho-therapeutic processes in the modern era. At the same time, the work serves as a critique of capitalism which bestows the jadedness in which her subjects are existing, whether commuting to work, lounging at home, getting lost in a solitary moment, or staying in touch with each other via electronic gadgets. While predominantly evoking the ambiance of misery and pensiveness, there is an ongoing thread of insouciance and even comedy pulling through the presentation as the characters are getting involved in “taboo activities”. By depicting nudity and substance use, the artist is interested in the ever-presence of “forbidden fruits”, especially coming from an Iranian upbringing strongly impacted by the restrictiveness of the Islamic religion. Proud of the changes and life journey she went through, she is rarely referencing the Persian culture and is putting the focus on a global picture. Yet, this aspect of the work, like the other topics she’s working with, are processed in a subtle manner, carefully revealing themselves to the viewers interested in reading deeper into the work.

When looking at the past work by the artist, one can notice the looseness that developed in recent years, resulting in more expressive, intuitive visuals. This shifted the focus on the atmosphere and narrative, rather than the physical qualities of the scene and the subjects. Using bold gestures of often unexpecting colors, most of the key elements of the work are developed and decided during creative performance. With such an approach, Hosseini is aiming to portray philosophical and humane concerns that relate to behavioral and psychological states, instead of rendering their physiognomy. “I find this method more powerful, in a way simpler and rather more honest,” the artist explains the recently discovered way of conveying her ideas and emotions onto a canvas. “I feel like my work allows me to express myself easier in this style.“