Mark Barker

Behrang Karimi, born 1980 in Schiraz, Iran, lives and works in Cologne and Düsseldorf. Recent exhibitions include: Everything Is Personal, Tramps, New York, Alistair Mackinven and Behrang Karimi, Maureen Paley, London, Here Here, curated by Tenzing Barshee, Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Salon des Amateurs, Tramps, London, and Arbeiten aus dem Hinterkopf, AF Projects, London.

We’re always glad when they come. But also to see them go. The things that remain, the arches and ornaments, tell us of a life that has been lived. Single shards spell out eternity. Jars and vessels are libraries and witnesses all at once: the outlines of eternal travellers who never arrive, but shouldn’t be impeded. Decisions should only be made when one is aware of various possibilities. Retreat into one’s own existence. Dilute one’s identity. ‘I’ is only a construction, too. Swim. Be water my friend. So limpid as to provide a large area for the phantoms and projections of others. Transparent bodies. A heart of glass. Before people never got old enough to get cancer. Procedures. The representation of death as sickness. The metaphysical order of things. An understanding that living beings in the world are compositions standing side by side, tightly bound enough to make it through the day, and that in spite of everything they are of this earth, in life and death. And this way of being an ‘earthling’ is a kind of counterpoint to the transcendentalism of philosophy, science and politics, as well as all the other, different regimes that involve a commitment to immortality. The spider weaves the world.

By Paul Wiersbinski

2020, 191 x 122 cm, oil on linen
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Gefäße, 2019, 160 x 99 cm, oil on canvas
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L’École d’Avignon, 2020, 50 x 70 cm, oil on canvas
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Kölner Fenster, 2018, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
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Installation view
2020, 191 x 122 cm, oil on linen
Installation view
Kölner Fenster, 2018, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
L’École d’Avignon, 2020, 50 x 70 cm, oil on canvas
Installation view
Lessons, 2020, 197.5 x 201 x 100 cm, wood, cotton, b/w photocopies, discman, earphones
Meteor, 2020, 84 x 56 cm, inkjet print on paper, drawing
Detail, Lessons, 2020
Detail, Lessons, 2020
Gefäße, 2019, 160 x 99 cm, oil on canvas
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