Artist Statemenet

My work reflects the experience of creating a home while existing in a state of in-between. It is a narrative formed through layers and gestures that blend my childhood and early adulthood in Iran with my current life in Los Angeles. The space I occupy is navigated through the bodily experience of womanhood and a balance of dichotomies: public and private, psychological and physical environments, here and there.

The homes that I have inhabited across geographies represent a multilayered construction of identity influenced by interdependent forces that define roles, govern behaviors, and order power relationships. The Iranian identity I carry in the United States relies heavily on my history as an immigrant. Utilizing my personal history as a filter, my work honors the common experiences and materials of everyday life from which people build a home. This includes personal human experiences of love, work, observation, memory, emotion, sensation, nostalgia and desire; and the universal struggle to pull forth vivid memories that have been reduced to flashing glimpses as time creates distance between past experience and current life.

I make mixed-media work to communicate, mutate, and abstract layers of memory along with elements of the home with the knowledge that both are inextricable from political and social contexts.

As Gayatri Spivak wrote, using the displacing gesture as a reversal is a way to reclaim the dubious privilege of having a voice. I aim to build a ground from which I can speak.

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a.bharthania@gmail.com

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Education

2015   MFA in Visual Art, California State University, Long Beach, CA

2012   MA in Painting, California State University, Northridge, CA

2004  BA in Painting, Tehran Azad University, Tehran, Iran

 

Exhibitions

2020   We Are Here, Here We Are, LA county-wide exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2020   Qipo Fair 2, Mexico City

2020   How Long Do You Mean To Be, curated by Jennifer Celio, Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL

2020   Intersections, Durden and Ray Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019   Through Places, Kamikaze- PØST, MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019   Outside US, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CA

2018   “Dragnet”, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2018   “Mothers, Eggshells”, curated by Kim Abeles, Keystone Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

2018   Senses, “Other People” installation, Pacific Court Apartments window display, Long Beach, CA

2017   LAndscape, curated by Rebecca Bennett Duke, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2017   No Restraint, curated by Kristine Schomaker, Ark Gallery, Altadena, CA

2017   Brand 45 Works on Paper, curated by Leslie Jones, Brand Library, Glendale, CA

2017  Ivanka Loves Refugees, along with Lara Salmon’s performance, Pøst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016   Shift and Fade, BLAM Los Angeles, LA, CA

2016   Suites, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles, CA

2015   MASque Attack, Temporary Space, Los Angeles, CA

2015   An Odyssey- 10th Anniversary for TAM, CA

2015   Insight, University Art Museum of Long Beach, CA

2015   MAS Attack 8, San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

2014   MAS Attack 7, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA

2014   Groundspace Project Holiday Art Show, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles, CA

2014   Best of Possible Worlds, curated by Kio Griffith, Art Baboo146, Yokohama, Japan

2014   Park Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA

2014   Insight, University Art Museum of Long Beach, CA

2013   Advancement Show, Gatov Gallery, CSULB, CA

2013   Crossing Borders, SOMARTS, San Francisco, CA

2012   CSUN Thesis Show, Main Gallery, CSUN, CA

2012   CSUN Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition, Main Gallery, CSUN, CA

2012   In Search of Clarity: Three Perspectives on Iran, Antelope Valley College, CA

2011   Concealed, West Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA

2011   CSUN Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition, Main Gallery, CSUN, CA

2010   Inside, West Gallery, Juried by Peter Frank, University Gallery, CSUN, CA

2010   March Madness, Shed gallery, CSUN, CA

2008   The Iranian-American Art Expo, Reseda, CA

2006   Group show, Mehrin Gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015   Escape The Gaze of The Blind Censor, Gatov Gallery, Long Beach, CA

2012   Shed Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA

2005   The City, Arasbaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

 

Two Person Exhibitions

2014    Paneless, Werby Gallery, CSULB, Los Angeles, CA

2006   Desert, Mehrin Gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

Curatorial Projects

2020   Intersections, Curators: Arezoo Bharthania, Gul Cagin, Alanna Marcelletti, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2019   Through Places, Curators: Arezoo Bharthania, Diane Williams, Kamikaze- PØST, MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019   Outside US, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CA

2018   Making Lightly: A Communal Residency, Atche Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

 

Residencies

2018   Making Lightly: A Communal Residency, Atche Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

 

Awards

2014   COTA Dean purchase Award

2014   John and Flora Olsen Graduate Scholarship

2011   Graduate Association Thesis Support Research award, CSUN, Northridge, CA

 

Publications

2020   2020 Vision, Written by Genie Davis, Artillery Magazine

2018  Making Lightly at Atche Art Space, Written by Genie Davis, Art and Cake

2018  Voyage LA Magazine, Meet with Arezoo Bharthania

2012  Daily Sundial, Cal State Northridge, MFA’s explore culture

 

Teaching Experience

2020   Instructor, Foundation Painting I, LMU, CA

2018   Instructor, Foundation Painting, LMU, CA

2017   Teacher Assistant, Foundation Painting, LMU, CA

2015   Teacher Assistant, Color Crush, Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, CA

2014   Teacher Assistant, Color Theory, California State University, Long Beach, CA

2012   Teacher Assistant, Computer Graphics, LMU, CA

 

Public Collections

COTA, California State University, Long Beach, CA

University Student Union art collection, California State University, Northridge, CA