Sara Rahbar Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Sara Rahbar
Flag #19


Mixed media textile

203.2 x 116.8 cm
Sara Rahbar was born in Tehran, yet was forced to leave with her family during the period of immense upheaval that followed the revolution in Iran and the start of the Iran-Iraq war. This distance, this proximity is developed by the artist, based on memory, longing and inertia in inhabiting tensions of dual disjuncture. Rahbar studied in London and New York, and now spends most of her productive life between Tehran and New York. In this going back and forth, an apocalyptic memory has been revised in her reworking of traditional materials into proto-contemporary textiles and textures of national belonging. The symbol of ideological and nationalistic violence, the Flag, has been one of the main focuses of her collage conversations and contestations.
In one of her recent statements, she states, “Our foundations lay, but our houses have burned to the ground. Building castles in the sky, for a species that cannot fly, brick by limb we tear it down. Thinking that we are moving forwards, yet moving backwards all along. Gajar woman and golden toys, we wait for dawn.” Even within this contemporary evocation, across borders and palpitating with barbarism, her constant vigilance regarding the fallen past and an unrealized future remain the means of her economic reality and her imagination. The global neighbourhood, she inhabits, where disenfranchisement through plight and flight are becoming important, offer fragments by which we understand the configurations of the US version of free trade and democracy.
Text By, Shaheen Merali
Sara Rahbar
Flag #10


Mixed media textile

165 x 89 cm

Sara Rahbar's Biography

Sara Rahbar
Born in 1976, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in New York


I have no faith left for the devil to take, Sara Rahbar, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna

Whatever we had to lose we lost, and in a moonless sky we marched, Sara Rahbar, Carbon 12, Dubai

Contradicting Realities: Recent works by Sara Rahbar, Tyler Art Gallery, Suny Oswego, New York


Freedom to Create, National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Bosnia
The Istanbul Summer Exhibition, Sanat Limani-Antrepo 5, Istanbul Turkey
WestEnd, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalam
Art As Witness, Siddhartha Hall, Goethe-Institute/ Max Muller,New Delhi
Freedom to Create, Ana Tzarev Gallery, New York
Freedom to Create, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbia

The Freedom to Create, Cairo Opera House, Egypt
The Silk Road, Lille3000/Tri Postal, France
The State, Traffic Gallery I, Dubai
The Unbearable Lightness of being, Carbon 12 Dubai, Dubai
Die obscure objects of my desire, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna
Hope!, At the palais des arts et du festival Dinard, France
Iran Inside Out, The Farjam Collection, Dubai
Elles@centrepompidou,The Center Pompidou, Paris
Never Run Away, Reena Kallat and Sara Rahbar, Stux gallery, New York
The Promise of Loss, A Contemporary Index of Iran, Arario Gallery New York
Eye of the Beholder, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, New York

The Edible Woman, Kravets /Wehby Gallery, New York
The Promise of Loss, A Contemporary Index of Iran, brot-kunsthalle, Vienna
Iran Inside out: Influences of Homeland and Disaporic realities, Artists, DePaul University Museum, Chicago
The Seen and the Hidden: (Dis)covering the Veil, The Austrian Cultural Forum , New York
Iran Inside out: Influences of Homeland and Disaporic realities, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Collective de 5 artistes Iranians, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Sara Rahbar-Love arrived and how red, Recent works, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna
Unveiled: New art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Artist in Exile, Arario Gallery, New York
Indian Popular Culture, and beyond: The Untold (the rise of) Schisms, Sala Alcalá 31 Madrid, Spain

What was the word I want, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Look what love did to us once again, Cramer Contemporary, Geneve Switzerland
In Transition Russia, National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow
In Transition Russia, Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg
Everywhere is War (and rumors of war). Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
On a clear day you can see forever, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna
Emerging Discourse: Multiple and Overlapping Contemplations from the Diaspora, Bodhi Art, New York
Raid Projects, Los Angeles
This Case of Conscience - Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Regional Delicacies, XVA gallery, Bastakiya, Dubai
Human Rights Awareness Tour, a traveling exhibition
The Veil: Visible and invisible spaces, a traveling exhibition
Persian Arts Festival: Weaving the Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, New York

Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art,
The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Hyphenation Exhibition, University of Maryland, Union Gallery, Maryland
Iranian Literary Arts Festival, Theater Artaud, San Francisco
Inclusion Exclusion, Bronco exhibit gallery Cal Poly Pomona, Los Angeles
Celluloid, Gallery One, San Francisco
Emergency Room, PS1 MoMA New York
Emergence, Current Gallery, Baltimore MD
Beyond Persia, Gallery One, San Francisco
Changing Climate, Changing Colors, Henry Street Settlement, New York

Everything, All at Once, QMA Biennial, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Nobodys Enemy, Queens Museum of Art, New York
The Shelter Rock Art Gallery, New York

See Williamsburg, Lunar Base Gallery, Brooklyn, New York