The Breeder participates at Condo London 2019, hosted at The Approach, with a presentation of works Vanessa Safavi.
Vanessa Safavi uses the conceptual systems of language and a personal narrative to explore in her work the experience of the dearticulated body, questioning the relationship between the brain and the flesh. Her work recalls the weakness of our bodies and also the poetry that emerges from them. She employs the modernist idiom of geometric abstraction and the fluorescent-flavoured vernacular of contemporary pop culture, delineating a landscape where both languages are spoken fluently. Silicone is a recurrent medium in her works as the artist is interested in its materiality and is fascinated by its analogy with the human body and skin.
Vanessa Safavi (1980) is Swiss-Iranian and she lives and works in Berlin. She has been awarded the Luci d’Artista award in Turin (2013).
Selected solo shows: “Turns and Returned” at The Breeder (2018), “The Cook and the Smoke Detector”, ChertLüdde, Berlin (2017), “Medullla Plaza”, Kunstverein Grafschaft, Bentheim (2016), “Amygdala”, The Breeder Playroom, Athens (2015), “Airbags”, MOTINTERNATIONAL, Brussels (2015), “cloud metal cities”, Kunsthalle São Paulo, Sao Paolo (2014), “La Nuit Liquide”, The Breeder, Athens (2014); “Οne Torino“, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2013), Kunsthaus Glarus, “After the Monument Comes the People”, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2012), “I Wish Blue could be Water”, CRAC Alsace (2012), “Les Figures Autonomes”, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2011).
Selected group shows: Objects like us, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA (2018), Meaning can only grow out of intimacy (Limbs, Water, Nostalgia), curated by Elise Lammer, Les Urbaines – 20th edition, Lausanne (2016), Che il vero possa confutare il falso, AgiVerona Collection, Palazzo Publico/Santa Maria della Scala/Accademia dei Fisiocritici, Sienna, curated by Luigi Fassi and Alberto Salvadori (2016), Inflected Objects # 2 Circulation – Mise en Séance, Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem, Netherlands (2016), The transparent tortoiseshell and the un-ripe umbrella, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2016), Swiss Art Awards, Basel (2015), milk revolution, curated by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin, American Academy, Rome (2015), Emmy Moore’s Journal, curated by Quinn Latimer, SALTS, Basel (2013), Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession), curated by Adam Szymczyk and Salvatore Lacagnina in collaboration with Annette Amberg and Roos Gortzak, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2010).