Reza Aramesh b. 1970


Reza Aramesh's work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions most recently at Asia Society Museum in New York (2019), Met Breuer in New York (2018), SCAD Museum in Georgia Atlanta (2018), Akademie der Kunst Berlin (2016), the 2015 Venice Biennale, Art Basel Parcours 2017, Frieze Sculpture Park 2015 and 2017, and at Maxxi Museum in Rome (2016). He has orchestrated a number of performances and exhibitions in such spaces as at Barbican Centre, Tate Britain and ICA, London. His works have entered public and private collections worldwide including in Argentina, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, USA, Belgium, France, Iran, Lebanon and the UK. Reza Aramesh was born in Iran and has been living in London since his teenage years. He holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University, London (1997).

Working in photography, sculpture, video and performance, Aramesh's profound understanding of the history of art, film and literature is ever-present in his artwork. As a response to war reportage images from sources such as newspapers, online articles and social media, Aramesh de-contextualises scenes of reportage images of violence from their origins, exploring the narratives of representation and iconography of subjected body in the context of race, class and sexuality in order to create a critical conversation with the western art history.


B. 1970


Reza's work has been exhibited in many major museums and galleries including:


2019. Scramble, 1967. Nocturnal Creatures 2019 - Bury Court, The Gherkin Building, London.

2019. Action 213, A taste of austere luminance. BIENALSUR 2019 - Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (MNAD), Buenos Aires.

2019. Action 180: At 9:15am Sunday 28 May, 1967. Sculpture in the City - 9th Edition. 2019, London

2019. 12 noon, Monday 5 August, 1963. Asia Society Museum, New York.

2018. Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body (1300 - Now) The MET Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

2018. WAR / VOJNA der KREIG Koroka Art Museum, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.

2017. Crumbling Down, Up and Up we Climb Yarat Contem- porary Art Space, Baku, Azerbeijan.

2017. Bilder Fragen H2- Centre for Contemporary art in the Glass Palace Kunstsammlungen and Museen Ausburg, Germany.

2017. Frieze Sculpture Park, Curated by Clare Lilley. London

2017. Art Basel Parcours, Curated by Samuel Leuenberger. Switzerland.

2017. WAR, Curated by Marko Košan. Koroška Art Museum, Slovenia.

2016. "At 9:15 am Sunday 28 May 1967 ", Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai.

2016. L'arte differente: MOCAK al MAXXI Exhibition of works from the MOCAK Collection in Rome.

2016. Migrations in Contemporary Art MUNTREF Centro de Arte Contemporneo, Buenos Aires. Curated Diana Weschler

2016. Uncertain States - Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency, Academie de Kunst, Berlin.

2016. Permanent Collection display, Art Centre Hugo Voeten, Herentals, Belgium.

2016. At 11:57 am Wednesday 23 October 2013, Ab-Anbar, Tehran. 

2016. RTL: LTR, curated by Tarlan Raee and Yashar Samimi Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Esfahan.

2016. Poetics of Absence, Curated by Cristiana de Marchi, 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai.

2015. Spring of Recession, Centrefold Project, Sazmanab, Tehran.

2015. The Iranian Pavilion, Venice Biennale Edition 56, Italy.

2015. Frieze Sculpture Park 2015 Curated by Clare Lilley. London.

2015. Friday April 25, 2003 at 07:55, Leila Heller Gallery, New York.

2014. At 11:08 March 14th, 2006, Ab-Anbar, Tehran.

2014. The Whistle of the Souls, a play that never starts, Proposal for a Public Sculpture, Al Quoz Industrial 3, Dubai.

2014. Armory Show, New York, U.S.A.

2013. 12MIDNIGHT, multi-venue exhibition in five nightclubs, New York.

2013. Cultural Freedom in Europe, Goethe Institute Brussels.

2012. Lost in Paradise, Curated by Arianne Levene and Eglantine de Ganay, Loft Sevigne, Paris.

2012. Without Hope, Without Fear, Al Joud Center, UAE.

2012. The Elephant in the Dark, crated by Amirali Ghasemi, Devi Art, Foundation, Gurgaon, India.

2012. Migrasophia - ( Migration + Philosophy ), curated Sara Raza, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah.

2012. .ADVANCE/…NOTICE, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2011. Walking in the Darkness of a Promised Light, Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery, Dubai, UAE (cat.)

2011. Light - Part I, curated by Gabriel Rolt and Nick Hack- worth, Paradise Row, London.

2011. Eat Me, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.

2010. Satement, Paris Photo 2009, curated by Catherine Davide, France (cat.)

2010. Between the Eye and the Object falls the Shadow, Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery, Dubai, UAE (cat.)

2010. Hope!: I'espoir, de Giacometti a Murakami, curated by Ashok Adiceam, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France. (cat.)

2009. Live Action 71, curated by The Diogenes Club, Late at Tate Britain, London, UK.

2009. Relaunch, Sunbury House, London, UK.

2008. Live Action 60, commissioned for Zoo Art Fair and CollectingLiveArt, London.

2008. Best of Discoveries, Shcontemporary, Shanghai, China. (cat.)

2008. A World without Borders, Event Horizon, GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.

2008. The Apartment, curated by Brian Chalkley and Lewis Amar, Royal London House, London.

2007. You Were the Dead, Their's Was the Future, seduced, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK.

2007. Who is the Third that Walks Beside You?, Matthew Bown gallery, London, UK.

2007. Reza Aramesh, Watermans Centre, London, UK

2007. We've Lost the Hearts and Minds..., Event gallery, London, UK (cat.)

2007. Space Invasion, an International Offspace Project, various venues, Vienna, Austria (cat.)

2007. Los Vinilos, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2007. The Politics of Fear, Albion Gallery, London, UK.

2007. Temporary Measures, curated by Hut Projects, Associates Gallery, London, UK.

2007. Into Position, curated by Anthony Gross, Bauernmarkt 1 and 9, 1010 Vienna.

2007. The Lucifer Effect, curated by Gordon Cheung, Gallery. Primo Alonso, London.

2006. Live Action: I am a Believer, commissioned by ICA, Trafalgar Square, London, UK.

2006. Making a Scene, curated by Tal Yahas Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (cat.)

2006. Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, CQL Design Centre, Shanghai and 798 Art District, Beijing, China (cat.)

2006. Culture Bound, East Wing Collection VII, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, UK.




The work has been collected by many public and private collections including:


  • Tate UK
  • Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia
  • Hugo Voeten Foundation, Belgium
  • Mocak Museum, Poland
  • Zabludowicz Collection, UK




Harper Bazaar, March 2019, Delara Zand. 2019.

The Garden of Good and Evil, Anna Wallace Thompson, Folio Magazine, 2019.

Artforum, Art guide, Asia Society New York, 2019. 

Reza Aramesh at Asia Society Musuem New York, Wall Street International, 2019. 

Reza Aramesh at Asia Society Musuem New York, New York Art Beat, 2019. 

Reza Aramesh, 12 Noon, Monday, 5th August 1963, at Asia Society, 2019 

Baku Art Culture, Art Newspaper Russia, 2018. 

The New York Times, Real, or Too Real?, "Like Life" at the Met Breuer, 2018 

BLOUIN ARTINFO, What to See at Frieze Sculpture Park 2017 in London, 2017 

I am a believer paper, Ruba Shield, 2017

Insecure states, uncertain times, ID Online, 2017 

Poetics of Absence, The National, Anna Seaman, 2017 

Sculpture captures the suffering, Al Roeya newspaper, Ruba Shield, 2017 

Berlin Art Link, Migration 'Uncertain States' at Akademie der Künste, 2016 

Zeit Online, Cultural policy instead of culture, 2016 

Academy of Arts: Uncertain States, Der Tagesspiegel, 2016 

A study of human suffering during wars, Gulf news, Jyoti Kalsi, 2016 

Artforum, Best of 2016, Sylwia Serafinowicz, 2016

At 9:15am Sunday 28 May 1967 The National, 2016 

New York Times, Ginanne Brownell, 2016 

Honaragah, 2016 

At 11:57 am Wednesday 23 October 2013 , Art Agenda, 2016 

Migration as a condition of existence , Código Magazine, Daniel Montero, 2016

Friday April 25, 2003 at 07:55 , 2015 12 - Midnight, 2014

Tandis Magazine, 2014

Artforum review , 2014 

The Whistle of the Souls, a Play That Never Starts , Art Asia Pacific, Sara Raza, 2014 

Walking in the Darkness of a Promised Light , Thomas Frangenberg, 2011  

The disturbing triptych of war, violence and wealth GQ feature, Sophie Leris, 2011 

Art House, The Big Issue, Michael Parker, 2009 

The Re-Framing of Conflict, Canvas Magazine, Anthony Downey, 2009 

Between the Eye and the Object Falls a Shadow, B21 Gallery, Thomas Frangenberg, 2009 

Conflicting Statements, The National, 2009 

Deceptions of the true and the accurate, Gulf News, Jyoti Kalsi, 2009 

Contemporary Practices magazine, 2009, Gemma Tully in conversation with Reza Aramesh 

The Atrocity Exhibition, Time Out Dubai, 2009 

Aesthetica magazine, Niamh Coghlan, 2006



Prizes and Awards

2011. Nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists. 

2010. Nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists.

2006. Artsadmin Bursary.

2006. Arts Council of England grant for the 'I am a Believer' show hosted by the ICA.

2004. London Arts Research and Development grant, Arts Council.



Projects and Publications 

2018. Centrefold Project Issue 10 

2017. Centrefold Project Issue 9.

2015. Friday April 25, 2003 at 7:55, Leila Heller Gallery, Murtaza Vali.

2015. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue 9, Spring of recession, Sazmanab Centre for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. 

2015. At 11:08 March 14, 2006, Sazmanab centre for contemporary art, Ab-Anbar, David Thorp.

2014. 12MIDNIGHT, multi-venue exhibition in five nightclubs, New York Milovan Farronato, Media Farzin, Eugenio Viola.

2014. Crude Humanity, Sara Raza, The Whistle of the Souls.

2012. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue VII, The Circle of Manias. Launch and exhibition/talk at Zabludowicz Collection, London.

2011. Walking in the Darkness of a Promised Light, Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery.

2010. Between the Eye and the Object falls the Shadow, Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery, Thomas Frangenberg.

2008. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue VII, A world without bor- ders ... 

2007. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue VI, It is is, And it is now only…

2006. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue V, We've lost the heart and minds…

2005. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue IV, I think I'll Speak Today…

2004. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue III, So You're Afraid of What? Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue II, You're Not Safe here!

2003. Audio Scrapbook, Resonance FM, 2 Hour Transmission.

2003. Collaboration with Ben Wright Dance Company, Jerwood Award. Centrefold Scrapbook, Issue I.

2000. Wooden Heart: Diverse curatorial projects comprising 4 shows.




"Reza Aramesh" Published by the Collectors' Editions 2018.

"Like Life Sculpture, Color, And the Body" Published by The MET New York 2018.

"Uncertain States, Travelling Fragments" Published by Akademie Der Kunste. 2017.

"At 11:57am Wednesday 23 October 2013" Published by Ab Anbar Gallery, Tehran, 2016.

"Friday April 25, 2003 at 07:55" Published by Leila Heller gallery New York. 2015.

"The Great Game" Art, Artists and Culture from the heart of the world.: Silvana Editoriale. 2016

"Hope" Une Exposition d'art contemporain sur l'Espoir. Skira Flammarion. 2010.

"Reza Aramesh Them Who Dwell on the Earth", 2011

"12 MidNight" Published by Damani Press Italy Metropolis Rise: New Art From London Published by temporary Contemporary 2006