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Between Ornament and Structure

A Solo Show by Farniyaz Zaker

Barvinskyi Gallery 

MAY 17 / 2024 - JUNE 21 / 2024


 Barvinskyi Gallery is pleased to present “Between Ornament and Structure”, a solo show by Farniyaz Zaker (b. 1982 Tehran).  A multidisciplinary artist whose work spans the fields of textile art, sculpture, drawing, print, video and installation, Zaker has long been interested in how architecture, textiles and the body interact to shape our perception of space, boundaries and identity. 

The same themes reoccur in Zaker’s current show at Barvinskyi Gallery, where the focus largely lies on the space-making qualities of textiles. The show draws on the ideas of the seminal Viennese modernist architect Adolf Loos, who called for an architecture informed by the functionality of textiles (Das Prinzip der Bekleidung, 1898) and suspicious of ornamentation (Ornament und Verbrechen, 1908). But the show also questions the juxtaposition of structure and ornament, for example, by turning decorative features, such floral patterns that are widely used in textiles, into fundamental elements of structure. Most of the structures thus created or evoked are barriers of one form or another. 


O Gallery at Paper Positions Berlin 2024

Press Release

April 25 - April 28, 2024
O Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth participation at Paper Positions Berlin 2024 with a quartet presentation of works on paper by Afshan Daneshvar, Maryam Mohry, Razieh Sedighian and Farniaz Zaker
From 25 – 28 April 2024, 60 international galleries will showcase over 150 artistic positions from 11 countries. Curated individual and group presentations will display a diverse range of works on and with paper in the atrium of the Deutsche Telekom Hauptstadtrepräsentanz, centrally located at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin-Mitte.
ppber24_Insta_1080x1080 Farniyaz Zaker, Dress Code for a Cul-de-Sac #1, gouache, ink, sewing pattrens on prints, 19x13x2 cm, 2022-2023

 Fault Lines

January 5 - January 22, 2024
Fault Lines

O Gallery is pleased to present “Fault Lines”, an exhibition of recent works by Farniyaz Zaker (b. 1982 Tehran). “Fault Lines” is an exploration of barriers as mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion. Similar to much of Zaker’s previous collections, recurrent themes are walls and words, the built environment and language which are constructed and taken apart in order to create experiences and spaces of belonging and not-belonging.

“Scales” (2022/23) uses paint and plaster to evoke both the allure and the violence of exclusive spaces. There is beauty in the colouring of the scales of plaster, reminiscent of exquisitely illustrated maps. But there is also the suggestion of pain and injury in the staples that hold the plaster together, much like arbitrarily drawn borders. Whilst the plaster hints at the disintegration and transience of walls, the staples suggest their impenetrability.

Different kinds of barriers are alluded to in “Surface Depth” (2023) and “Surface Tension” (2023). Both works feature plants that are at once aesthetic and obstructive. In the latter work, there is the splendour of the natural world and the soothing, rhythmic movement of the plants. But there is also the surface tension of the water that keeps the plants afloat, allowing them to cover the surface like an impenetrable floating barrier. In “Surface Depth”, the use of ornament glass to cover drawings of floral patterns creates an illusion of water, movement and life. At the same time, there is a barrier-like quality to the work. The plants bear an uncanny resemblance to a fence perhaps even barbed wire, and the glass that covers them obscures as much as it reveals.

Other works in the show are primarily about the ability of the written and spoken word to create or overcome barriers of communication. In “Excommunicate” (2021/22), language is a vehicle of exclusion, concealment and obfuscation. “Visceral Words”(2021/22) goes beyond the limitations of the alphabet by replacing letters with feathers to speak of flying and freedom. But those messages are undermined by the static and clinical manner in which they are framed and exhibited. A similar juxtaposition of the possibilities and limitations of the written word are utilised in “Shekasteh” (2023). Taking its title from the short for Shekasteh Nastaliq (literally ‘broken’ Nastaliq), the work features a line of trapped and broken feathers that are suggestive of corrupted and illegible calligraphy. The same themes and contrast are also taken up in “Ephemeroptera” (2023). Taking its title from the Greek words ephemeros (lasting a day) and pteron (wings), the work shows winged insects that have failed to reach their destination. Trapped in cobweb and fossilized, they symbolise the quotidian and ephemeral, the exceptional and the lasting. The circle of light between them is both an unclaimed prize and a barrier.


A Solo Show by Farniyaz Zaker

March 2023

The Kendrew Barn Gallery

St John's College

Oxford - UK

Private view: Thursday, 2 March 2023, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Farniyaz Zaker, Scales 4, plaster, paint and staples, 46x46x4.5 cm, 2022-2023

O Gallery at Artissima 2021

Attending Artists

O Gallery at Artissima 2021

Press Release

November 5 - November 7, 2021

O Gallery is pleased to announce its participation at Artissima 2021 with a duo presentation of works by Ashkan Sanei and Farniyaz Zaker. Ashkan Sanei’s aesthetics is based on destruction and repetition and in his practice, he swings between creation and destruction. The fragility and vulnerability of paper, his chosen medium, allows him to leave traces in his work rather than specific objects, reminiscing rather than directly indicating. Currently living and working in Tehran, Ashkan Sanei (b. 1984 Urumieh) has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in addition to co-curating “The List – Works on Paper” project with the gallery.
Farniyaz Zaker is an artist and a researcher. Located between architectural theory and gender studies, her art practice and writing largely deal with the nexus on body, society and place. Much of her practice explores how bodily practices and spatial awareness define our sense of identity, belonging and the very concept of knowledge. Currently living and working between London and Berlin, Farniyaz Zaker (b. 1982 Tehran) has exhibited her work internationally since 2002 and has been the recipient of many grants and awards.

Cut From The Same Cloth (yekparche)

A Solo Show by Farniyaz Zaker

O Gallery, Tehran, Iran   

January 10-21 2020



The International Media Art Festival CYFEST-12. ID

November 13–24, 2019

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Festival Program

November 13–15


American song, a site-specific project by Daniele Puppi

Curated by Valentino Catricalà, Elena Gubanova

Kirochnaya st. 8b

Mon-Sun: 12:00 – 19:00

Free admission

November 13–24

Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design

Exhibition project ID. Concerts, lectures, performances

Curated by Anna Frants, Varvara Egorova, Valentino Catricalà, Jack Addis, Patricia

Olynyk, Carla Gannis, William Latham, Vlad Strucov, Lydia Griaznova

Solyanoy lane 13–15

Mon-Sat: 12:00 – 20:00

Sun: 12:00 – 18:00


300 RUB – Adult visitors

150 RUB – Schoolchildren, students, pensioners of the Russian Federation and other

 ID. an exhibition held in a fringe exhibition during the Venice Biennale 2019  


 CYFEST-12, the International Media Art Festival

Ca’ Foscari Zattere Cultural Flow Zone

Zattere, Dorsoduro 1392, Venice

Boat stop: Zattere

Media Preview: May 8, 9, 10 from 10 AM

Opening Night: May 10 at 6 PM

Hours: Monday–Friday: 10 AM to 10 PM

Saturday: 10 AM to 7 PM

Sunday: 3 PM to 10 PM


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CYLAND MediaArtLab in collaboration with Centre of Studies of Russian Art CSAR presents the exhibition ID. ART:TECH.

ID. ART:TECH EXHIBITION is dedicated to the ID as a phenomenon with wide scatter of meanings – from the term in psychoanalysis (id) to the document that certifies one’s identity (ID). We are interested in what ID represents in the world of people and things, what new meanings come to life when they interact and what this leads to.From May 10 to June 28, 2019, in the space Ca’ Foscari Zattere Cultural Flow Zone, there will be a show of works by the contemporary authors from Russia, Italy, Great Britain, USA, Belgium, France, Norway as well as artworks by the classics of the 20th century. Among the exhibit’s participants are the New York underground guru of sound art and renowned minimalist composer Phill Niblock, Russian artist Andrey Bartenev, artist and curator of the Central Asia Pavilion at the 55th Venetian Biennale Ayatgali  Tuleubek, St. Petersburg artist, curator, winner of Sergei Kuryokhin Award and Innovation Prize Peter Belyi, distinguished Russian artist and founder of sots art Erik Bulatov and others.The project’s exposition is a visual examination of the subject of identification: from the forms of sociopolitical functioning of portraits of Soviet non-conformism to the images of mass culture, aesthetics of ID cards, passport picture and social networks.The project will unite in one space the Soviet nonofficial art from Frants Family Collection and Kolodzei Art Foundation, video-, sound-, net-art, photography, installation and everyday objects.Elena Gubanova, exhibition co-curator: “High technologies at the exhibition sit side by side with common items, the metaphor of “epiphany” – with irony, fine psychologism – with corporeality, infinity of the mirror reflection – with infinity of the digital data.

Painted portraits and collages of the underground artists from the times of “Soviet stagnation” lent by the collectors Natalia Kolodzei and Leonid Frants represent the time when a person’s ostracism was the price of self-identification as a free person. The video installation of the founder of American minimalism in music composer Phill Niblock and artist Katherine Liberovskaya about a depicted image engages into a dialogue with the work about a disappearing moment of St. Petersburg artist Peter Belyi. The monotonous rattle of cinema images in the video installation of the Italian artist Daniele Puppi echoes the little figures who are moving in a doomed fashion upon metal rails in the work by Anna Frants”.

Curators: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Silvia Burini, Giuseppe Barbieri, Valentino Catricalà, William Latham, Lydia Griaznova.


BEN HER ZAMAN ÖTEKİ’NİN ALANINDAYIM //The I is Always in the Field of the Other

A Selection from Agah Ugur's Collection curated by Beral Madra

Agah Uğur Koleksiyonu’ndan Bir Seçki
AÇILIŞ: 9 Mart 2019, Cumartesi 18:00

A selection from agah uğur collection
Opening: March 9, 2019, Saturday 18:00

The exhibition features the works of 20 artists from Agah U?ur's precious collection that are produced through the male and female images in various continents, cultures and times through the 2000's. The exhibition is open to visit between the dates 09.03.2019-14.07.2019 at Evliyagil Museum.

The title of the exhibition refers to the French psychoanalyst and philosopher Jacques Lacan’s statement. “I, the Other and the Big Other”, which are the concepts Lacan has created, exist between the conscious and the subconscious which are constructed and constantly reproduced within Imaginary and Symbolic processes, as fragmented forms. However, or for this very reason, “I” (the subject) experiences an illusion of a structural wholeness in Lacan’s theories. As Lacan indicates, the main purpose of psychoanalysis is not to fix the “I”s non-existing wholeness but to provide it, and to make the subject realize its structural condition. According to Lacan, I (the subject) is always assuming the existence of ‘an other’. In order to sustain the existence of “I”, there is the need for “the mirror stage” which gives the child the opportunity to see him/herself as the other. In the mirror or in concrete incarnations of “the Other” (parents, siblings, other children etc.), (and which creates the illusion of the wholeness of a reflected body); “the Other” is the foundation of the “I” in the imaginary level. As Lacan suggested, this fundamental “Other”, is the “small Other”. On the other hand, the “Big Other” is the embodiment of the symbolical order itself. It is not a side, but a total of the determinants of the presentation that exists within the symbolical order mingled with inconsistencies. “The Big Other” is the position where we see ourselves as who we really desire to be.“The Big Other” is also assumed to be a whole, but since it is fragmented and formed around a structural absence, it is the area where desire forms. This area is the order which represents the wholeness of the symbolical order for the subject such as the State, God, Law etc.

Although the performances of male and female artists in the videos are all produced in different continents, cultures, times and spaces, this exhibition claims that these performances include some sort of a mutuality or contrast, a conservation or a discussion. The ideological and conceptual contexts of the videos encourage the audience to examine and decode the male and female identities within the present social, political and economic order.


mounir fatmi, Nezaket Ekici, Nasan Tur, Iván Argote, Ali Kazma, Adrian Melis, Kate Gilmore, Ferhat Özgür, Marcos Avila Forero, Aslan Gaisumov, Füsun Onur, Jaan Toomik, Zeyno Pekünlü, Fatma Bucak, Jhafis Quintero, Ipek Duben, Didem Pekün, Ozlem Simsek, Farniyaz Zaker, Leman Sevda Daricioglu

Müze Evliyagil, küratörlüğünü Beral Madra’nın üstlendiği “Ben Her Zaman Öteki'nin Alanındayım: Agah Uğur Koleksiyonu’ndan Bir Seçki” sergisini ağırlamaya hazırlanıyor. Sergi, Agah Uğur’un değerli koleksiyonunda bulunan 2000’li yıllarda farklı zaman ve coğrafyalarda kadın ve erkek imgeleri üzerinden üretilmiş 21 sanatçının eserlerinden bir araya geliyor. “Ben Her Zaman Öteki'nin Alanındayım” 09.03.2019-14.07.2019 tarihleri arasında Müze Evliyagil’ de görülebilir.

Kronstadt Stories—3. Slowness

August 9 — September 2, 2018

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Opening: August 9, 4PM
Curators — Elena Gubanova, Lydia Griaznova

 National Centre for Contemporary Arts, North-Western Branch with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

State Museum of the History of St Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Museum of Printing
Exhibition project

Yauheni Hlushan (Belarus)
Farniyaz Zaker (Iran/Germany/Great Britain)
Junichiro Ishii (Japan/France)
Linda Carrara (Italy/Belguim)
Václav Magid (Czech Republic)
Dietrich Meyer (USA/Germany)
Vanja Mervič (Slovenia)
Filippo Minelli (Italy)
Mayana Nasybullova (Russia)
Ina Otzko (Norway)
Denis Patrakeyev (Russia)
Lisa Someda (Japan)
Zoé van der Haegen (Belgium)
j.frede (USA)

Address: Saint-Petersburg, Museum of the history of Saint-Petersburg,
Museum of printing, Moika emb. 32
Hours: Daily 11am–6pm, Tuesday 11am–5pm Wednesday —day off.

Kronstadt is the city-island. Getting here an artist starts to exist in some sense of anisolate environment. The city is one hour away from Saint Petersburg but course of timeis feeling differently. The time has lost density. Kronstadt’s streets, historical and culturalartifacts, natural landscapes and phenomenon become material for artist practice.Сoncentrated artist’s eye is fixed on hardly noticeable processes and phenomena of theouter world in a fast rhythm of life. It spots, classifies, interprets and analyzes.Participants of the exhibition visualize a sense of an environment and the time, which arelocated on the edge of our attention in everyday life. The exhibition will unite art projects that differently reveal the state of deceleration, in which a movement for the sake of usefulness is replaced by the thoughtful looking into the eternal.


Hit Parade - Sculpture Project

 November 2017 -  March 2018

Museo dell'automobile, Turin, Italy 


Luciano Caggianello, Daniela Capaccioli, Francesco Conti, Carlo Cossignani, Marica Fasoli, Manuel Antonio D. Gomez, Benito Ligotti, Matias Jorge Montes de Oca, Marco Paghera, Simone Pizzinga, Gerardo Rosato, Paola Tassetti, Chiara Vignudelli, Angela Viola, Farniyaz Zaker.


Elisa Anfuso, Irene Caroni, Ilaria Clari, Jordan Cozzi, Cristiana De Marchi, Juan Eugenio Ochoa, Daniela Frongia Jana S, Django Nokes, Ugo Ricciardi, Graziano Russo, Bogdan Pavlovic, L. Mikelle Standbridge, Françoise Vanneraud, Brankica Zilovic.


 Fileds of Influence on European Art

 Institut fur Kulturaustausch 

 "Who know himself and others well no longer may ignore: Orient and Occident dwell separately no more."

 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 Western-Eastern Divan, 1819

 This catalogue is published in conjunction with the multinational creative Europe Project. Farniyaz Zaker's works are reviewed in relation to the subject matter.


Farniyaz Zaker is chairing a panel at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences on the 11th of August at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 

Panel VI (15:30-18:00): Anthropology of Art and Architecture in the Middle East - Organiser & Chair: Dr. Farniyaz Zaker


15:30-15:50 Prof. Anna Krasnawolska, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski “Tracking the Vanishing Old Tehran in Zoyā Pirzād's Novel Adat mikonim”

15:50-16:10 Dr. Fakhri Haghani, Rutgers University
“Egyptian Women, Revolution, and the Making of a Visual Public Sphere”
16:10-16:30 Shokoufeh Arvin, Alzahra University, Tehran& Golsadat Seyed Mahdavi “The "Others" in Iranian Movies on the Subject of Iran-Iraq War (Based on Ideas of Bakhtin)”
16:30-16:45 Coffee/Tea Break
16:45-17:05 Nasim Yazdani, Deakin University, Australia “Linking Ideology, Habitus and Landscape, Traditional and Contemporary Uses of Gardens and Parks in Iran”
17:05-17:25 Kenichi Tani, Hitotsubashi University, Japan “A Study On the Bodily Aspect of Hussein’s Mourning Ritual in Iran”
17:25-17:45 Sara Bamdad, University of Warwick “Physical Boundaries and Beyond: The Spatial, The Social And The Embodied in an Infertility Treatment Clinic in Iran”
17:45-18:00 Discussion and Announcement of Zubaydeh Ashkanani Prize
18:00-18:05 Coffee/Tea Break

 Letters in Space 


OPEN STUDIOS | Kronstadt - St Petersburg - Russia | 13.July.2017 | 19:00–21:00 | 

Kronstadt, Russia, 197762 Art Centre

The North-Western Branch

of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts - ROSIZO

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

 July 13, 2017 at 7 PM

Kronstadt Art Residence of the National Center for Contemporary Arts*

 Farniyaz Zaker (Iran-UK) and Václav Magid (the Czech Republic)

 Artist Talk and Project Presentations

 We invite you to join the artist and exhibition talk by Farniyaz Zaker (Iran-UK) and Václav Magid (the Czech Republic) at the Kronstadt Art Residence of the National Center for Contemporary Arts. The artists will present the project “Letters in Space” (installations and videos) that they have created in Kronstadt Art Residence in June and July 2017.

Farniyaz Zaker is an Iranian-born artist. Her practice ranges from site-specific installations to video, sound and drawing. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art at the University of Oxford. Artist currently lives and works between St.Petersburg-Russia, Tehran-Iran and London-UK. Her works have been internationally exhibited since 2002. Farniyaz Zaker was the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her works can be found in private and public collections. Located between architectural theory and gender studies Zaker’s art practice and writing largely deal with the nexus of body, society, and place.

Farniyaz Zaker’s show at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) combines older work with new pieces created during her residency at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt. While some works deal with the problem of objectivity and subjectivity in our relationship with the built environment, others stress the interaction between text and textiles, architecture and clothing. 

Václav Magid – artist, critic and curator. Born in Leningrad (USSR) in 1979, lives and works in Brno and Prague (the Czech Republic). Václav Magid studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He also graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague and is currently working on his PhD. Václav Magid is a researcher at the Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and teaches aesthetics and critical theory at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology. His artworks are regularly exhibited in Prague, Brno and other cities of the Czech Republic. Finalist of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award (2010, 2013) and Dorothea von Stetten Art Award. Participant of the 12th Biennale de Lyon. Václav Magid works with painting, video and installation.

Free admission

 Address: 2 Yakornaya square, Kronstadt 


 Information: (812) 311-62-28 (Kronstadt Art Residence of the NCCA), (812) 332-13-47 (NCCA office in St Petersburg)

The Launch of the First Issue of OAR: Sites of Research 


Façades and Fashion: The Transformation of Iran’s Cityscape in the Twentieth Century 

Speaker: Farniyaz Zaker

 Venue: National Research University Higher School of Economics (Saint-Petersburg) Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 13:40


 Farniyaz Zaker won the Hit Parade Prize at Paratissima 12-2016, Turin, Italy. 

Domenica 6 novembre sono stati proclamati i vincitori dei premi speciali della manifestazione, tra cui il Premio Paratissima per il migliore artista dell'edizione, la HitParade con i 14 artisti selezionati dalla Direzione Artistica, i riconoscimenti speciali per le sezioni Video, Design, Fashion,  e International per i migliori artisti delle rispettive sezioni, il Premio Paratissima Around per 3 artisti che hanno preso parte alle edizioni Internazionali di Paratissima, il Premio Maurizio Collino, il Premio Plinio Martelli, il Premio Interni Bonetti, e il Premio N.I.C.E. per il miglior progetto curatoriale, il Premio Yamgu per l'artista che ha raccolto il più alto numero di voti sulla piattaforma, il Premio Amaro Zeroundici per il miglior progetto grafico che ha partecipato al contest e il Premio Vibel Design per la migliore opera realizzata col metallo.

I vincitori della dodicesima edizione della manifestazione sono stati premiati con una creazione in metallo firmata Vibel Design.
Vinpectore ha inoltre gentilmente omaggiato i 15 artisti selezionati direttamente dalla Direzione Artistica di Paratissima con una bottiglia di vino della loro cantina.

Ecco tutti i nomi degli artisti premiati!


Luciano Caggianello 

Daniela Capaccioli
Francesco Conti 
Carlo Cossignani
Marica Fasoli
Manuel Antonio D. Gomez
Benito Ligotti
Matias Jorge Montes de Oca
Marco Paghera
Simone Pizzinga
Gerardo Rosato
Chiara Vignudelli
Angela Viola
Farniyaz Zaker

VIDEO special selection: Tessa Ojala

DESIGN special selection: FC CERAMICS

FASHION special selection: AYSTONE

PARATISSIMA AROUND: Laura Ginatta, Silvano Mercuri, Gerardo Rosato

PREMIO NICE: Cumulus a cura di Corradina Rosetti & Ylenia Rose Testore ? Infiniti labirinti a cura di Aurora Bolandin e Flaminia Valentini


PREMIO MAUTO: Sebastian Contreras per l'opera 136 ricevute bancarie, Daniela Capaccioli per l'opera Memorie, Paolo di Rosa per l'opera Punti di vista




PREMIO AMARO ZEROUNDICI: Cinzia Bongino, Alessandro Scarfiello

Premio all'artista più votato dai visitatori della piattaforma Yamgu: Francesca Pedranghelu

Utenti selezionati in base ai loro commenti a cui Paratissima regala l'opera da loro votata:Alice/Angelo Lussiana, Yulia/Marco Scocco, Cristiana/Francesco Conti.

Il collettivo Fucina des Artistas, in mostra a Paratissima12 con un progetto internazionale di artisti cubani, ha selezionato Sara Zaghetto per una residenza d'artista a L'Havana, Cuba, a scelta dell'artista, da marzo ad agosto, oltre ad una menzione speciale per Matias Montes de Oca.

Gli artisti selezionati dalle 3 edizioni gemelle di Paratissima che esporranno a Cagliari, Lisboa e Skopje sono:



A cura di Eleonora Angela Maria Ignazzi & Francesca Pich

Torino | dal 2 al 6 novembre 2016 | Torino Esposizioni

ARTISTI IN MOSTRA: Lucilla Campioni|Marta Cortese|Christian Costa|Adalgisa De Angelis|Giovanni De Gara|Gianfranco Ferlazzo|Saba Ferrari|Delio Gennai|Carlo Inglese|Matìas Montes De Oca|Paolo Pallara|Federica Pamio|Deborah Rushton|Farniyaz Zaker|Simone Zoccante

Nel contesto odierno, dominato dalla rete informatica, le parole circolano accompagnate da curate elaborazioni grafiche, che si fanno opera a sé, diventando strumenti di consapevolezza, conoscenza, comunicazione o protesta. Nel presente, dove tutti sono collegati, si crea la possibilità immediata di condivisione di esperienze patinate ma anche di barbarici atti di violenza e terrore. Il linguaggio diventa dunque atto fondamentale, optando tra il farsi estetica o il divenire portavoce di messaggi di protesta e partecipazione. Significato e significante coincidono e le parole diventano di carta, di suono, di luci e grafica iridescente. La poesia visiva che ne risulta rappresenta la possibilità e la speranza di parlare al singolo per coinvolgere la sensibilità collettiva.

Somethig There Was That Must Have Loved A Wall

 A Solo Show By Farniyaz Zaker

 Pi Artworks Gallery-Istanbul


Private View: Friday, 8 January, 18:30 - 20:30
Pi Artworks Istanbul is pleased to announce Farniyaz Zaker's new exhibition, Something There Was That Must Have Loved A Wall. Zaker was first introduced to the art scene in Turkey through the group show Rewind, Pause, Fast Forward: Mirrors on Iran, which took place at Pi Artworks Istanbul in 2012. Recent works by the artist were exhibited in solo shows at The University of Oxford and Sharjah Art Museum in 2014. 
In her upcoming solo show at Pi Artworks Istanbul, Farniyaz Zaker positions the body, architecture and clothing in a reciprocal relationship. Something There Was That Must Have Loved A Wall dwells mostly on the interactions between and within different built environments. By quoting the historian Charles S. Maier in the title of her exhibition, she reminds us of the importance of architecture and the politics of space in the construction of the modern world. 
Since the early 20th century, architects and theorists have paid increasing attention to the links between clothing and architecture; at the same time both modern architecture and women's clothing were made increasingly less ornamental. With a series of works across the rooms of the historical Mısır Apartment building, Zaker investigates these connections.
In Primeval Relationship I the artist covers the walls and floor of the gallery with four hand-woven carpets with elongated fringes. This references 19th century theories on the origins of architecture and the importance of textiles and woven carpets in the production of space. In her other installation a cloth ‘caryatid’* stands in the middle of the gallery, a striking echo of the room around it. Transforming and redefining the space with this kind of extraordinary intervention, Zaker highlights that the built environment is not a static and neutral space, but that it is empowered by (and empowering) human subjects, and both reproduces and challenges dominant gender conventions. 
The two-channel video installation, Somatic Memories I, shows the marks of recently worn clothing gradually disappearing from the skin. Each video is approximately 70 minutes long, which is itself a statement about the gravity of the fabrics’ intervention.  With this simple and effective video, Zaker draws our attention to the enduring physical and emotional effects of different built environments on us. Conceptualizing women’s clothing as an edifice through which - and in which - women live, Zaker suggests a discursive reading of clothing.
Farniyaz Zaker, b. 1982. Major exhibitions include Primeval Relationship (solo), The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, UK (2014); I.A.F. (solo), Sharjah Art Museum, Eastern Section, UAE (2014); Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2014); Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice, Italy (2014); Repeated Return (solo), Dolphin Gallery, St. John’s College, Oxford, UK (2013); The Wall of Europe, Paese Museo, San Sperate, Sardinia, Italy (2013); In site, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK (2012); and Pardeh, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Arts, Oxford, UK (2011). Public collections holding her work include Art and Video Insight Foundation Collection, Bologna, Italy and the Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey. Zaker received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Arts from The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, in 2014, and has been invited to be a post-doctorate fellow at Koç University Gender Studies Centre (Koç-Kam). 
* Caryatid: Draped female figure used as a pillar and support in classical architecture.

II International Textile Art Symposium and Exhibition

Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia


For the second successive year Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre organizes the International Textile Art Symposium. This time the theme of the symposium is “Fortress Man” - the theme which is both promising and offering various possibilities for developing it in creative works.Traditionally textile art is associated with the involvement of women, therefore by provocatively suggesting this theme for the symposium the curators wished to address the male representatives of textile art too. Some of them had already accepted the invitation, but unfortunately not all managed to overcome the severe selection competition. As defined in the theme, the textile art symposium was held in Daugavpils Fortress. Along with their creative activities artists were given the opportunity to explore the historical facts about the fortress, to roam through interesting streets, to see courtyards and meet people living in the fortress. For a long time these have basically been the men, but now everything has changed. The fortress is located in the city of art – Daugavpils, the place which invites the symposium participants to create modern textile art works drawing their inspiration from the atmosphere, mood and autumn colors over the river Daugava …

 The closing exhibition of the symposium shows whether in their works the artists participating in the symposium of this year have managed to alter the story about the fortress and fortress men. Nine artists from five countries are participants of the exhibition: Amanda Valdez, Andrea Myers and Julie Abijanac (USA), Ksenia Shinkovskaya (Daugavpils, Latvia), Antra Augustinoviča (Latvia), Moi Tran (Great Britain), Miloš Adolf (the Czech Republic), Kerstin Lindstrom (Sweden), and Farniyaz Zaker (Great Britain).


Farniyaz Zaker is one of the artists presented by Pi Artworks.



  12 - 15 November 2015
Booth: A2-102
Artists presented by Pi Artworks:
Yeşim Akdeniz
Volkan Aslan
Nancy Atakan
Nezaket Ekici
Allen Grubesic
Tayeba Begum Lipi
Maude Maris
Nejat Satı
Gülay Semercioğlu
Mehmet Ali Uysal
Yuşa Yalçıntaş
Farniyaz Zaker

Architecture of Iran: From Metaphysical Places to Physical Non-Places

Speaker: Farniyaz Zaker  (D.Phil – Fine Art)

St John's College (Oxford University): SCR & MCR International Lecture Supper

 Monday 2nd
March 2015 - 6.00pm in the Garden Quad Auditorium (pre-lecture drinks from 5.30pm, G.Q. Link Corridor)

 Food & Wine will be served in the G.Q. Reception Room after the Lecture 

Primeval Relationship 

A solo exhibition by Farniyaz Zaker

The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


Primeval Relationship

2014 26 September - 2 October

 A solo exhibition by Farniyaz Zaker

Opening: Friday 26 September, 18:30 

The Ruskin School of Art, 74 High St
Oxford, OX1 4BG
Open: Mon – Friday, 9:00 – 17:00

 Clothing and architecture are interconnected and engaged in a primeval relationship in which the original principle of clothing has influenced architecture.

Gottfried Semper

A House Is Not A Hotel

 A House Is Not A Hotel, 25 July – 10 September, is a curated group exhibition of emerging UK- based artists: Steven Morgana, Christian Newby, Lisa Slominski, Theodoros Stamatogiannis, and Farniyaz Zaker.

Pi Artworks Gallery, London, UK


Itinerancy has increasingly become one of the primary characteristics that differentiate the lifestyles of the people, particularly the young, of contemporary western societies from the lifestyles of their predecessors. We move from city to city, rented accommodation to rented accommodation at an ever-increasing pace. A consequence of employment becoming increasingly flexible and precarious as well as a workforce that is more skilled and less laden with material and maternal/paternal commitments than its precursors. It is a process that is also hastened by a housing market in which supply and demand have slowly drifted apart from each other. This situation is nowhere more evident than in London, a city in which the migratory flow around and through it happens at an exhilarating pace and where the ideologically driven discourse on how to manage the places we live in is at its most charged.

For those that can take advantage of it, this freedom of movement opens up exciting and liberating opportunities while for others it ebbs at the sense of security that stability and continuity can bring. Nevertheless, for both of these groups, their relationship with the places in which they live is rapidly changing, and is increasingly one that is defined by transience.  

The six artists included in A House Is Not A Hotel each make work that is motivated by a distinctly different set of concerns and subject matter. Lisa Slominski plays with the palette and motifs, as well as the patterning and repletion, of interior design. Christian Newby deploys an abstract painting practice and its high-art connotations within the context of craft objects such as ceramics and carpets. Farniyaz Zakerjuxtaposes references to architecture and female clothing, drawing out their analogous roles in mediating between the public and the private. Theodoros Stamatogiannis replicates ubiquitous architectural components such as floors, doors, and windows, in a way that perturbs their traditional function and consequently renegotiates our relationship with them. Steven Morgana acquires a heterogeneous array of materials from the public domain such as charity posters, detritus from abandoned buildings, and crowd control barriers, which are transformed into structures that are alluring and pristine while still hinting at the more complex and forlorn reality that the original objects are props in.  Yet, within their respective practices, each artist has created work that deals with the house/home/dwelling place and the tropes of the distinctly contemporary relationship we have with it, creating a curatorial point of cohesion with the exhibition that has been arrived at from a set of distinctly different directions. 

A House Is Not A Hotel demonstrates the commitment Pi Artworks, London has to not only exhibiting work of its own international artists but also creating an platform for emerging UK based practitioners, something that will continue beyond the gallery’s first year in London. 

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Steven Morgana, b. 1982, Australia. In 2014, Morgana was commissioned to create an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; and was the recipient of the Artstart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts; and was a finalist for the 2014 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, Standpoint Gallery, London, UK. His solo show, The Future Feels Like a Phantom Limb, opened at La Scatola Gallery, London in 2012. His work was also included in Bloomberg British New Contemporaries 2013. Morgana received his MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2012.
Christian Newby, b. 1979, USA. Newby has had solo exhibitions at Space in Between and Vitrine Gallery, both in London, 2014 as well as Galerie OÙ, Marseille and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow in 2013. He has recently been included in group exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, Kinman Gallery, and MOT International Project Space, all in London, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Dazed & Confused/Whitechapel Gallery Emerging Artist Award, London. Newby received his MA from Glasgow School of Art in 2009.

Lisa Slominski, b. 1981, USA. Slominski has had solo and two person exhibitions at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery; Tenderpixel; and BEARSPACE, all in London.  Group exhibitions in the UK include The Open West,  Cheltenham Museum, Cheltenham; Rushing to Paradise, The Royal Standard, Liverpool; and MAD MARCH HARES, Vegas Gallery, London. She was the Artist-in-Residence at the School of the Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, and will be the Artist-in-Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA in 2015. Slominski received her MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2008. 

Theodoros Stamatogiannis, b. 1977, Greece. Stamatogiannis has been in solo and two person exhibitions at Seasons Projects, London as well as David Dale Gallery and McLellan Galleries, both in Glasgow. He has been in group exhibitions at Flux Factory, NYC, USA, and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow and was selected for the 2010 Bloomberg New Contemporaries. In 2011 he s awarded a Fulbright scholarship and was one of the six finalists for the DESTE Prize, Greece. His work is held in the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece. Stamatogiannis received his MA from Glasgow School of Art in 2009.

Farniyaz Zaker, b. 1982, Iran. Zaker has had solo exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE; Dolphin Gallery, St John’s College, Oxford, UK; and the North Wall Gallery, Oxford, UK. She has recently participated in group exhibitions in Paese Museo, Sardinia, Italy; Etemad Gallery, Dubai, UAE; and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. Zaker is a DPhil candidate in Fine Arts, the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, St John’s College in 2013. Prior to this, she completed her MA in Textile Design at the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University.
About Pi Artworks: Pi Artworks was founded by Yesim Turanli in 1998 in Istanbul and for the past15 years, has been introducing Turkish and international artists to the primary market. Since its founding, Pi Artworks has been committed to showcasing the best of Contemporary Turkish and international art to Istanbul's growing art scene, alongside providing an international platform for its roster of artists to showcase their work. The gallery is located at the famous historical Misir Apartmani in Istanbul and in October 2013 Pi Artworks London opened on 55 Eastcastle Street, in the heart of London's bustling Fitzrovia. 

Arte Laguna Prize 13.14

Arsenale, Venice, Italy


 Farniyaz Zaker has been selected as a finalist of the 8th InternationalArteLaguna Prize. 



The Arsenal of Venice, a historical location in the lagoon city of utmost importance in the artistic and cultural field, will host the exhibition of the 105 finalists from the sections painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance. The finalists of the virtual and digital art section will be on view at the Future Centre, the Venice home of Telecom Italia, an incubator for developing new business opportunities for telecommunications and new technologies, the ideal place to host the works of this section.

16th Edition of Islamic Arts Festival Sharjah

Farniyaz Zaker is invited to participate in this event with a solo exhibition at Sharjah Art Museum.



16th edition of Islamic Arts Festival

Farniyaz Zaker is invited to participate in this festival with a solo exhibition.

Starts: Mon, 06 January 2014, 12:00 p.m.

Ends: Thu, 06 February 2014, 04:00 p.m.

Location: Sharjah Art Museum

The 16th edition of Islamic Arts Festival comes this year with the celebration of naming the Emirate of Sharjah as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014.

 Sociology Methods Lab & Make Exhibitions (Women's Art Library) presents: Re-enveloped

A solo exhibition by Farniyaz Zaker

Kingsway Corridor, Goldsmiths, London, UK


 Farniyaz Zaker will also be in conversation with Dr Mariam Motamedi Fraser 

7th March 2013, 5-7pm

RHB 142, Goldsmiths, London, UK


Mariam Motamedi Fraser is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths. She has published extensively on theory, science, music and feminism. Recently she has been engaged with the question of disciplinary boundaries, and especially the relations between sociology, experience, literature and religion.

Event Information

Location: RHB 142, Richard Hoggart Building
Cost: FREE
Department: Methods Lab
Time: 7 March 2013, 17:00 - 19:00

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 The Wall Of Europe

Farniyaz Zaker is selected to attend The Wall of Europe residency and Exhibition at Paseo Museo. 

Culturale Noarte Paesemuseo - Via Marongiu 21 -  San Sperate, Italy


The Association NoArte Paese Museo starts the international selection of the 20 artists that will participate to the Grundtvig Workshop The Wall of Europe, funded by Istituto Nazionale di Documentazione per l’Innovazione e la Ricerca Educativa (INDIRE), and Agenzia Nazionale L.L.P. Italia - Sottoprogramma Grundtvig del Programma L.L.P. The Wall of Europe is an urban art workshop, that aims to fulfill a big work, able to overturn the Division concept associate to the physical, institutional or ideological walls, that for many years have divided Europe and that, in some cases, still divide it.The workshop will have its centre of operations in San Sperate, a town in Sardinia (Italy). The workshop will start on June 15th, 2013, and it will finish on June 26th 2013.t


An exhibition by Jess Draper and Farniyaz Zaker

The North Wall Art Centre, Oxford, UK


Private view: 7th November 6.00-8.30 pm


The Veil as Architecture: 

Conceptualisation and Genderisation of the Private and Public Space in Iran

 Speaker: Farniyaz Zaker, The Ruskin School of Fine Arts

 Venue: St Antony's College The Middle East Centre Library, The University of Oxford

Thursday 7 June 2012 at 12:45

 This talk will semantically analyse the veil as an architectural space, trying to locate it in Bourdieu’s definition of Habitus. In addition to that, it tries to analyse the veil’s capacity to segregate space into public and private; and it will explore its role in the genderisation of space. Eventually, in the vein of scholars such as Nader Ardalan, Laleh Bakhtiar, Vartan Hovanesian, and Pamela Karimi, the linkages between domestic architecture and the veil will be highlighted by conceptualising the veil as an extended home or as ‘a walled space of infinite privacy’.