Anticipating an audience whose reading of drawing is informed by new media, Iranian-born artist Raha Raissnia sources her densely-composed charcoal works from her films, each a document of the artist's private life. Using drawing to recreate (and at times undo) moments from everyday life, Raissnia transfers images of friends, strangers, and intimate spaces between celluloid and paper until the original forms become unrecognizable. For her exhibition at The Drawing Center, Raissnia will create a series of film performances, in which photographs of drawings and 35mm film loops are constructed in a flickering, hybrid sequence before the audience. Raissnia will also present several series of works on paper, the belabored surface of each drawing stressing the immense psychological effort that goes into forming each image.
Organized by Amber Harper, Assistant Curator
Image: Raha Raissnia, Alluvius 12, 2016. Mixed media, 12 3/8 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.