We are very happy to announce the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film-Video to

Shadi Harouni

to whom we offer our congratulations.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation annually offers awards to "those who demonstrate exceptional ability in cultural production or exceptional creative ability in the arts". The Foundation “centers the talents and instincts of the Fellows, whose passions often have broad and immediate social impact”.

Shadi Harouni (b. 1985, Hamedan, Iran) is an artist based in New York City. Her practice spans across modes and media, from site-specific interventions and sculptures to printmaking, film and photography. Her films, set in homes, factories, and mountain quarries throughout Kurdistan, are close studies of unwritten histories of dissent and resistance in the region.

The themes Shadi Harouni addresses are rooted in the history of her native Iran; she often engages in a play with language and form to connect this history to a universal experience of loss, repression, recovery and defiance. Her work centers on the politics of space and of the gaze, and the tension between the moment of revealing and that of concealment. Her work often evokes a relationship between fullness and cavities, taut with the tension of hiding and the desire to reveal.

Shadi Harouni’s obstinate yet intricate and fluid forms are imbued with both the hopes and broken promises that mark history. She writes: “for those who remember and keep hope, what has been destroyed or cast into oblivion nonetheless resurface in monuments that are, themselves, expressions of forgetting and despair”.

Shadi Harouni is Assistant Professor and Head of Video and Photography at New York University’s Department of Art and Art Professions.

Shadi Harouni