Shadi Harouni was born in 1985 in Hamedan (Iran). She currently lives in New York (USA).
In 2017 she's been appointed director of Undergraduate Program in Studio Art at New York University.
Much of her recent work in sculpture, video, photo and printmaking engages with the history of erasure and resistance, in particular in quarries and cemeteries throughout Kurdistan. Harouni’s art and writing have been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Shifter Magazine, among other publications. Her work has been exhibited at The Queens Museum, NY, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Cathouse Funeral, Brooklyn, Fondazione Ratti, Italy, Institute Pierre Werner, Luxembourg.
She has been awarded a Harpo Foundation Grant, A.I.R. Fellowship, residencies at Fondazione Ratti (Italy), SOMA (Mexico), Lower East Side Printshop (NY) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine). Harouni holds an MFA from New York University (2011) and a BA from University of Southern California (2007).
In 2019 she has been named Acting Director at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
The first solo exhibition by Shadi Harouni at Galleria Tiziana Di Caro was in 2017 and it was entitled An Index of Undesirable Elements. In 2019 Galleria Tiziana Di Caro has organized an exhibition in collaboration with Federica Schiavo and Norma Mangione, and the work by Shadi Harouni was shown at Norma Mangione Gallery in Torino.
Qui, dove ci incontriamo, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin, IT, 2019;
I Dream the Mountain Is still Whole, curated by Zuzana Štefková and Jitka Hlaváčková, City Gallery Prague, 2018;
With an instinct for justice, curated by Noa Bronstein, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada, 2018;
An Index of Undesirable Elements, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Naples, Italy, 2017;
Paved Over and Other Stories, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2016;
The Lightest of Stones, MUCA Roma (Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte), Mexico City, MX, 2015;
Shadi Harouni, Obrera Centro, Mexico City, MX, 2015; On the Merits of Odd Habits, The Factory, Hamedan, Iran, 2012;
Spaces of Resistance, Institute Pierre Werner, Luxembourg City, LU, 2011;
In Hiding, Gallery 8, New York, NY, 2011; Flat as Far as the Eye Can See, 80 WSE, New York, NY, 2011; Anti-Monument, Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY, 2009;
Migration Study, Phantom Galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA 2008;
The Known World, Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, 2018;
She Devil. 9: Today, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Roma, 2017;
Videonale.16, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE, 2017;
Ambiguously Yours, M+ Museum, Hong Kong, 2017; Known Unknowns, 86 Orchard, NY, 2017;
Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, NY, 2016; Once More with Feeling, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, 2016; If I Were You I’d Call Me Us, Galleria Massimo de Luca, Venice, Italy, 2016; Retrospective, Chemistry Creative, Brooklyn, NY, 2016; Conversations with the Wall, Manzel, Tehran, IR, 2016;
HateFree?, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ, 2016;
Lingerings, Cine Tonala, Mexico City, MX, 2015;
No Rush, No Dawdle, LESP, New York, NY, 2015;
Tactility and Texture, LESP, New York, NY, 2015;
Things that You Remember and I Don’t, Art Wall, Prague, CZ, 2014;
Corso Aperto, Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy, 2013;
A Philosophy of Plumbing, Hirsch House, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2012;
Middle Eastern Europe, DOX Contemporary Art Center, Prague, CZ, 2012;
The Group, Middle East Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2012;
Signs on the Road, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, 2011;
A History of Fashion, Ground Floor, Venice, Italy, 2011;
Margins, Commons Gallery, New York, NY, 2010;
"Never Odd or Even", Commons Gallery, New York, NY, 2010