About

Pooya Abbasian is a Paris based artist born in Iran, 1983.
Focusing originally on visual arts, his work is deeply informed by the political and social context in which he grew up in Tehran and by the experience of exile in France, always try to avoid the pitfall of exoticism which is often implicitly expected from Middle Eastern artists working internationally.
He now embraces a large range of media and practices. As a director and film editor, he collaborated closely with director Jafar Panahi, directed videos for La Cinémathèque française, La Fondation Louis Vuitton, Le Centre Pompidou or Universal Music. As a auteur and illustrator, he works on picture book projects with Gallimard and Actes-Sud publishing houses.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  Discreetly Living Behind Your Face, Galerie 52, Folkwang-Uni, Essen, Germany.
2018  Discreetly Living Behind Your Face, Galerie des petits carreaux, Saint-Briac, France.
2017 
Telesmkultur kapellen, Pictoplasma festival, Berlin, Germany.

DUO EXHIBITIONS (with Farshid Monfared)
2011  Nature Regulate, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2010  Aklil-al-Molook, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2007  Exopalasht, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2006  Drawing, Related, Unrelated, Tehran Artists House, Tehran, Iran.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018  Artvilnius Art Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2016  Face à Face, Association La Source, La Guéroulde, France.
2014  Transparency, Galerie des petits carreaux, Sain-Briac, France.
2013
 Cousu Main-le temps passé, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, France.
Art On Paper, Art On Paper art fair, Bruxelles, Belgium.
Paysages, Galerie des petits carreaux, Sain-Briac, France.
Interdit aux mineurs, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, France.
2012
Slick Art Fair Paris 7ème édition, Le Garage(haut-marais), Paris, France.
Jaunes, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, France.
AnimaFac Festival, Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris, France.
2010
Contemporary Illustration, Saba Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
Window, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
Obligatory military service, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2009  Nowruz, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2007
9th visual arts biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran.
Small Drawing, Ebnesina Gallery,  Tehran, Iran.
2006
House of Drawing 2nd Gathering, House of Drawing, Tehran, Iran.
Limited Access, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
House of Drawing 1st Gathering, House of Drawing, Tehran, Iran.
8th visual arts biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran.
2005  First Poster, Honar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

RESIDENCIES/INTERVENTIONS
2018
• Talk at Folkwang-University with Gisela Bullacher, Essen, Germany.
Conversation with Ali Ostovar & Andrea Kofinas about for ‘Discreetly Living Behind Your Face’
Residency at Des petits carreaux Gallery, Saint-Briac, France.
2017
Residency at La Source association, La Guéroulde, France.
Photography project in collaboration with the children during the workshop selfie/self-portrait.
Intervention for Little Villette festival at La Villette, Paris, France.
Live drawing based on a book Mes Amis monstres.
Talk at Bétonsalon, Center for Art and Research, Paris France.
Talk about artistic career on subject Tehran: iden­ti­ties/spaces.
Conference at Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, Germany.
2016
Intervention at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
Talk about Abbasi Kiarostami’s first film and his influence on Jafar Panahi’s cinema.
Residency at La Source association, La Guéroulde, France.
Drawing/Video project in collaboration with the children during the workshop Une Maison, C’est quoi ?.
2014
• Workshop with Arte.
Script Writing residency at Forum des images with Michel Reilhac.