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The two sculptures Alluvium, March–June 2020 (2020) also come from the same context: they consist of steel frames with ceramic plates on which the artists painted and collaged motifs from the stream of media reports of these months.

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian’s first solo show. The installation debuts a monumental site specific floor painting – a dense web of detailed narratives and references supplemented by sculptures and video works.

The title of the exhibition Either he’s dead, or my watch has stopped: Groucho Marx (while getting the patient’s pulse) cites the film classic A Day at the Races (1937) by the Marx Brothers and the basis for the artists’ Moving Paintings are, in turn, pictures archives of photographs and media reports that the artists have compiled themselves.

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Either He´S Dead Or My Watch Has Stopped: Groucho Marx (While Getting The Patient’s Pulse), installation view
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Either He´S Dead Or My Watch Has Stopped: Groucho Marx (While Getting The Patient’s Pulse), installation view

The landscape they represent returns again and again to the Near East and revolves around war, migration, quarantine and dance. With melancholic poetry and caustic humour, the artists transform bleak scenes into caricature-like grotesque that reflect the abstruse nature of the global world.

The basis and center of the trio’s artistic work is their house in Dubai. In the process of living and working together, they create their artworks and exhibitions there—frequently in exchange with friends or other artists. In line with this principle, the exhibition also includes two textile sculptures by Franco-Egyptian artist Hoda Tawakol.

Corresponding to their definition of the collective, Haerizadeh, Haerizadeh, and Rahmanian each work in their own style both together as well as independently.

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Either He´S Dead Or My Watch Has Stopped: Groucho Marx (While Getting The Patient’s Pulse), installation view
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Either He´S Dead Or My Watch Has Stopped: Groucho Marx (While Getting The Patient’s Pulse), installation view

A welcome note from the artists

 

The exhibition is on view at The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt until the 13th of December.
Check the above gallery for a guided tour.


Info extracted from press release

 

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