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Gallery Walk-Through – Hamid Rahmanian
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street, 1st floor
Hamid Rahmanian The Multiverse exhibition is an excerpt from the graphic novel The Magnificent Book of M. An allegorical tale, The Magnificent Book of M intertwines reality, dream and fantasy to present to the reader a dissection of what it feels like to be an immigrant. The journey, all actual events the artist has experienced, is a global story that defies countries and borders. It’s about the notion of home and belonging, losing oneself in the process of life and rediscovering him once the dust has settled. For theMultiverse exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Rahmanian’s story has been re-imagined to a gallery setting.
Hamid Rahmanian is a filmmaker and graphic artist. As a graphic artist for over two decades, he has received numerous achievement awards and his work has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. Over the past five years, Rahmanian has been commissioned to do work for both cultural organizations and commercial companies such as the United Nations, GQ Magazine, Pacifica Radio/Democracy Now and Aramex Shipping Company. In the last decade, his narrative and documentary films have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and Venice, and have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. They have gained international recognition for their socially conscious storylines. His films have been used in the non-governmental sector to combat negative stereotypes about Iranians, to promote anti-capital punishment laws in the US, and to raise funds and awareness for the plights of disadvantaged women and girls around the world. He is currently illustrating a new edition of the Persian poet Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, to be published by Quantuck Lane, an imprint of Norton & Co.