Fariba Hajamadi works with photographs originating in museums and historical sites focusing on the representation of various cultures and their history. One such instance is the way in which these remaining artifacts are organized, categorized, and stored either in their original architectural context or in institutions devoted to their preservation.
Identity, memory, photography and history are the central terms that arise in Hajamadi’s work. She explores their relationship to one another and to the apparatuses and structures, which produce them. Her work is interrogative of such cultural standards as history, common language, visual representation, as well as their interactions and the processes involved in their consumption.
Hajamadi has been the subject of numerous one person exhibitions nationally and internationally such as the Queens Museum, ICA Philadelphia and Musée Municipal de La Roche-sur-Yon, France. Her works and installations have been included in exhibitions at The New Museum, New York; ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; P.S.1 Museum, NY; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland; Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Germany. Fariba Hajamadi lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Fariba Hajamadi was born in Esfahan, Iran in 1957. She received her BFA from Western Michigan University and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts.