In her work, Maryam Hoseini explores the concept of ruins in a politicized social space. Hoseini captures empty historical echoes as bodies walk among the literal and figurative, the visible and invisible ruins of objects and architectures. In the context of the censored female figure, Hoseini presents her subjects as nude, cast simultaneously as unrealistically flattened diagrams of the human body, and hyperrealistic disembodied limbs covered in hair. Her recent work is made up of multiple fragments, strategically balanced upon one another and anchored into the wall behind at a single point, where she builds her ongoing curiosity in space and sequence as a formula for a narrative where she confronts her viewers perception, preoccupation and projections of identity. These interjections within the gallery’s white cube serve as a way in which the artist rebuilds and elevates these fractured stories, now sturdily supported with weighted columns of opaque color.
Maryam Hoseini (born 1988, Tehran, Iran) received her BFA from Sooreh Art University in Tehran, Iran in 2012 and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bard College, NY, USA both in 2016.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Arrowslit, High Art, Paris (2022); After You, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2020); Yes Sky, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY (2020); Body Armor, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2018); and Of Strangers and Parrots, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY (2017).
Recent group exhibitions include: Healing Ruins, Zeyrek Çinili Hamam, Istanbul (2023); 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2022); This End the Sun, New Museum, NY, USA (2021); A Space For Monsters, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2021); Fables of Resurrection, Deborah Schamoni, Munich, Germany (2020); Open Call, The Shed, New York, NY (2019); Heartbreak, Ruya Maps, Venice, Italy (2019); Notebook, 56 Henry, New York, NY (2019); Sedentary Fragmentation, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2017); Echo, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA (2017); Night at the Museum, MOMA PS1, New York, NY (2016); Luminarts Cultural Foundation, the Union League Club of Chicago, IL (2016) among others.
She lives and works in New York.