“An Alternative Reality“ by Bahar Behbahani

I knew censorship since childhood, and had accepted it as a reality. It was “an alternative reality” that would allow my mind to imagine and to make up stories, mysterious stories that were sometimes sweet and appealing and other times horrifying. I didn’t know they were hiding it so that I don’t see it at all, or that it was like game where they would hide it, and I had to find it all.

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Bahar Behbahani
Bahar Behbahani works in painting, video, and participatory performance. Behbahani's work addresses her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss, representing her chronic displacement and longing.

Behbahani was awarded an Art Omi International Artists Residency by The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2013 and the Art and Culture Network Program Grant from the Open Society Institute, Budapest in 2011. Guggenheim Museum Curator Suzanne Cotter selected her video for the 10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE. In 2007, her video Suspended was selected 'Best in Show' by Carrie Springer, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. Bahar Behbahani's work is included in the permanent collections of the Queensland Museum, Australia; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; and Columbia Hospital, New York; as well as numerous private collections.



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