The works of multidisciplinary artist Bahar Behbahani address her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss. Through her lyrical videos, Behbahani stages a contemporary cultural critique by layering and juxtaposing allusions to past and present sociopolitical circumstances with a language that she draws from her experience as a painter.

Behbahani’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Immigrant Flora: Rising Under, site-specific mural, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, PA (2022); All Water Has a Perfect Memory, Wave Hill Garden, Bronx, New York (2019); Let the Garden Eram Flourish, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover (2017); and Garden Coup, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2016).

She has also participated in many group exhibitions at Asia Society Museum, New York (2022); 2nd Lahore Biennale (2020); Franklin Street Works Gallery, Stamford, USA (2019); re:home, for Freedoms exhibition, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco; Sharjah Art Foundation (2018); 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017); 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016); and Boom Gallery, Tehran (2014); among others.

Her work is part of the collections at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; Visual Arts Museum of Pasargad Bank, Tehran; Time Equities, New York; Columbia Hospital, New York and Sharjah Art Foundation.

She was an invited speaker at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (2016); St John’s University, New York (2016); John Jay College, New York (2015); East Bay Media Center, Berkeley, US (2015); Parsons School of Design, New York (2015) and Baruch College, New York (2014).

Behbahani participated in a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, US (2017) and received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2013).

She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in painting from Tehran University of Art in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

Born in 1973 in Tehran, Behbahani currently lives and works in Brooklyn, US.


Behbahani, Bahar

Ride the Caspian

Almagul Menlibayeva and Bahar Behbahani explore the dialogue between two ancient cultures that border the Caspian Sea on the crossroads of the Middle East and Central Asia.