Reyhaneh Mirjahani is an artist and artistic researcher with a strong focus on curatorial practice. Having earned an MFA in Fine Art from HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University, Reyhaneh has also participated in the CuratorLab Program at Konstfack and Commissioning and Curating Contemporary Public Art at HDK-Valand. Reyhaneh’s practice involves participatory installation, visual intervention, dialogue and text, and her work takes two pathways:
Her work critically explores the notion of individual and collective agency in socio-political participation, as well as the ethical considerations surrounding these discourses. With a participatory approach, Reyhaneh investigates the complexities of the cosmopolitan liberal idea of agency and instead seeks to explore the intricate relationship between agency and structure, the individual and the community. Her interests have led her to study various socio-political narratives and how they can be interpreted differently based on the reader’s subjective position.
Moreover, Reyhaneh’s work focuses on studying the elements of archiving everyday life in investigating the contemporary condition of public spaces. She aims to engage critically with how we perceive the social production of public space as inhabitants.
Reyhaneh’s process involves an experimental approach to these questions, utilizing discussions and interdisciplinary collaborations. Her critical approach to exhibition-making is concerned with breaking the conventional approach of inviting the public to the center/white cube. Instead, she seeks to further develop exhibitions and events that can travel to other “non-conventional” places of public meeting.