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Fariba Hajamadi

Galerie Laage-Salomon

For about ten years now, Fariba Hajamadi has been assembling an “archive” on museums and historical monuments located in places to which she has recently traveled. Hajamadi is primarily interested in the ways in which the West has represented other cultures and histories, and in particular how artworks have been catalogued and exhibited both in their countries of origin and in foreign institutions. The artist notes: “1 found myself taking on the role of the observer or tourist, photographing the sites of historical monuments as well as museums in these various countries. What interested me was how these institutions, much like photographs, function as representations of history and how their context is subject to different readings; in effect, how they create an artificial memory.”

The work in Hajamadi’s latest exhibition was particularly successful as a critique of the museum as institution.

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