About the Work

Mind Zone, page from the graphic novel,
The Magnificant Book of M, 2009
15 3/4 x 11 3/4
Archival digital print

Mind Zone is a page from Rahmanian’s graphic novel, The Magnificant Book of M. The Multiverse exhibition, displayed at the Halsey in 2011, also excerpted from the novel is an allegorical tale that intertwines reality, dream and fantasy together to present 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 boarders. Emphasis lies in the alienation one feels on being uprooting from one’s home country and settling into a new place. It’s about the notion of home and belonging, losing oneself in the process of life and rediscovering one’s identity once the dust has settled. Hamid Rahmanian’s Multiverse exhibition was featured at the Halsey Institute in the fall of 2011 with artist, Tanja Softić’s Migrant Universe. This exhibition focused upon how these tow artists have visualized their experiences as immigrants.


  • Colin Quashie – Charleston, SC
  • David Boatwright – Charleston, SC
  • Don ZanFagna – Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fahamu Pecou – Atlanta, GA
  • Geoffrey Cormier – James Island, SC with Michelle Van Parys, Charleston SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heather McClintock – Boone, NC
  • Jiha Moon – Atlanta, GA
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • Joseph Burwell – Brooklyn, NY
  • Kathleen Robbins – Columbia, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York
  • Leslie Wayne – New York City, NY
  • Martha Strawn – High Springs, FL
  • Motoi Yamamoto – Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nancy Marshall – McClellanville, SC
  • Pedro Lobo – Évora, Portugal
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL
  • Renee Stout – Washington, DC
  • Renée Stout – Washington, DC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – NY, NY
  • Tanja Softic´ – Richmond, VA
  • Tom Stanley – Rock Hill, SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY

    Hamid Rahmanian is a filmmaker and graphic artist. As a graphic artist for over two decades, he has received numerous awards and his work as been exhibited in international competittions and publications. Over the past five years, he has been commissioned to do work for 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 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. Rahmanian’s films have gained international recognition for their socially conscious storylines and have been used in the NGO 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 W.W. Norton & Co.



    Each year we offer a new set of limited edition prints available exclusively to our members at the Postmodernist level and up. Artists who have been a part of the Halsey Institute’s programming have specially created these prints for us. Beginning at the POSTMODERNIST level ($350), you may choose from one of the prints we have available. Many of the prints are featured on the walls of our hall of Patron Prints located on the first floor of The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, just down the hall of the Halsey Institute.  Gradually, you can build your art collection while supporting adventurous contemporary art in Charleston! For more information, please contact Tatjana Beylotte at beylottetf@cofc.edu or 843-953-5652.


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