Anahita Razmi

Born in 1981 in Hamburg, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Anahita Razmi studied at Bauhaus-University Weimar, Pratt Institute New York and State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart, prior to exhibiting widely internationally and in numerous institutions like Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, The National Art Center, Tokyo and within the 55th Venice Biennale.

Her video, installation and performance works focus on issues of identity and gender and examine processes of cultural appropriation in which the meanings of existing images, artefacts and thus identities are put into question by situating them in another context. Razmi often uses strategies of disarrangement to consider structures of perception within consumer and pop culture against the background of different communities between ‘the West’ and ‘the Middle East’. The Islamic Republic of Iran, with its current political and social conditions and relations, remains an open, ambivalent point of reference.

Razmi was the recipient of the Goethe at Lux Residency (2018), the Werkstattpreis of the Erich Hauser Foundation (2015), the MAK-Schindler Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, Los Angeles (2013) and the The Emdash Award, Frieze Foundation (2011). Her work is included in several international collections like the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the Museo Novecento, Florence and Davis Museum at Wellesley College, USA.


2007-2009, Postgraduate Studies Fine Arts – Christian Jankowski & Rainer Ganahl, Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
2005-2006, Pratt Institute, New York
2001-2006, Diploma, Media Arts – Christine Hill, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany

Solo Exhibitions/Screenings (selected)

“SPOILERS”, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria
“Term and Reversion”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

“Bellydancing 12.000.000 views This Girl She is insane! Subscribe !!!”, Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich
“Do Fard”, Uqbar, Berlin
“Tutti”, Kunststiftung Erich Hauser, Rottweil
“Sharghzadegi”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Some Links, Some Projections”, Ab Anbar, Tehran
“Domino Dancing”, Muratcentoventidue – Artecontmporanea, Italy
Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck
“Smile”, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
“Swing state”, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany
“Swing state”, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
“Automatic assembly actions”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Frischzelle 17”, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
“Make – Believe – Remake”, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Germany
“Ikeallahu akbar”, Interventionsraum, Stuttgart
“Strange relations”, Kert Galeria, Szolnok
“Robberies”, Kunstverein Das Weisse Haus, Vienna

Group Exhibitions/Screenings (selected)

“The body is a sacred garment”, Museo del Novecento, Italy
“Report – Notes from Reality”, European Media Art Festival No 31, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
“Networking the Unseen”, Villa Merkel – Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
“Jahresgaben Salon 2017/2018”, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany
“KÖRPER-REFLEXIONEN”, Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Germany
“Die Sprache des Textilen”, Museum Villa Rot Burgrieden,
“Pilger Mills”, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany
“Celibatair Divas”, De Mijlpaal Contemporary Art in Herkenrode Refuge, Belgium
“Collectivity: Objects and Associations in the UAE Art World”, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
“Performing the Border”, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna
“Woanders”, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany
“Waffle falling over”, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
“Its blueness soothes the sharp burn in your eyes”, l: Project Space Beijing at Loris, Berlin
“A Heritage Transposed”, Box Freiraum, Berlin
“Social Calligraphies”, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
“Trademarks”, Stadstriënnale Hasselt-Genk, Belgium
“In the mouth of the wolf”, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
“AFA 2 (2)”, Organized by 63rd-77th STEPS & hosted by Art-O-Rama, Marseille
“In the Mouth of the Wolf”, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
“Gutes böses Geld”, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, Germany
“Show of Talks”, lAb Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld
“Mapping The Body”, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
“Video Playlist: In the here and the there”, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
“Marrakech Biennale / Parallel Project”, Marrakech
“Trademarks”, Stadstriënnale Hasselt-Genk, Belgium
“Beat sheets”, Galerie Sturm, Nürnberg
“Social Calligraphies”, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Le Cinéma de la Nouvelle Lune, Paris
“Ein Knie geht einsam durch die Welt, es ist ein Knie,
sonst nichts”, Galerie Palermo, Stuttgart
“Hiwar’, AMOCA: The Arab Museum of Contmeporary Art, Sakhnin
“A 1000 Times No”, Kunstintervention, E-WERK, Freiburg
“Im Rausch”, Stadtische Galerie im Bremen, Germany
“Perpetually Transient”, Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel
“Connexion en Cours”, Goethe-Institut, Paris
“Expanded Media”, 28. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany
“Hundstage”, Croy Nielsen, Berlin
“Wo ist hier? # 2: Raum und Gegenwart”, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Germany
“Of Other Places”, State of Concept, Athens
“GERMAN COOL”, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai
“#in.ter.fer.en.ce”, The Farjam Foundation, Dubai
“Daily Memories”, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany
“Schwein gehabt. Von der Sparbuchse zum Leben auf Kredit”, Vogele Kultur Zentrum, Pfaffikon
“Music palace. The power of music seen by visual artists”, Boghossian Foundation– Villa Empain, Brussels
“Mon Amie L’Image”, V Kunst, Frankfurt
“Time is love 7”, Vovatanya Gallery, Ukraine
“Szolnok-Reutlingen Kuenstleraustauscht 2010-13”, Rathaus Reutlingen, Stuttgart
“Perpetually Transient”, Kunstraum Riehen, Basel
“One Minute Remix pt. 2”, Furtherfield Gallery, London
“Q 2051”, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris
“Digital Marrakech”, Centre Culturel Atlas Golf, Marrakech
“Luggage and observations”, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart
“Closer encounters – Summer Accrochage”, Carbon 12, Dubai
Transition Project Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
“Escape”, Kowal + Odermatt Projects, Miami
“Encyclonospace Iranica”, Access Gallery, Vancouver
“Cities on the edge”, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
“Paper x-change”, Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis
Nostalgia Nevrosa, Athens
“Final projects”, MAK Center, Los Angeles
Kunstfestival Strom, Köln
“Silk map”, 55th Venice Biennial – Padiglione Venezia
“1. Pers. Sing. The artist’s body between self-portrait and performance”, B-05 Art and Design Center, Montabaur
The Second Haifa Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin
“Right brain problems”, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
“Present tense future perfect”, Gallery Feldbusch Wiesner, Berlin
Festival Internacional de Cine, Casa del Cuno, Costa Rica
“Forward/ Vorwärts”, Q contemporary, Beirut
Bucharest International Biennial 5 for Contemporary Art
“Life is too short”, Salsali Private Museum, Dubai
“Jahresgaben”, Kunstverein das weisse Haus, Vienna
“Neue Klasse”, Wiensowski&Harbord, Berlin
“Best Of Best Of Best of”, Asociación Libre, Mexico City
“Iran via video current”, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
“Thousands of home”, Representation of Lower Saxony to the Federation, Berlin
Frieze Art Fair 2011, London
“The State: Social, Antisocial”, Traffic, Dubai
“Produced ten years of scholarship for media art”, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg
“A history out of context”, The Promenade Gallery, Vlöre, Albania
“Division by zero”, Carbon 12, Dubai
“Stuttgart, how are you doing”, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Bremen Art Spring 2011, Bremen
“Videonale 13”, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
“Transformative (k) functions”, Art District, Stuttgart
“Space rainbow”, Utopia Parkway, Stuttgart
“Best Of Best Of Best Of”, Video Group Screening Show, Berlin
“SIN”, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami
Kunstfilmtag 10, A Theater Artist of Malkasten, Düsseldorf
“Das Ding”, G.A.S.-Station, Berlin
“Cast off”, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
20 Internationales Videofestival Bochum
“Crosstalk Video Arts Festival”, Budapest
“Signal & Noise”, Media Arts Festival, Vancouver
“Plattform no-Budget”, Shedhalle, Tübingen
“One minute vol 4”, Edition, Various Screenings
“If love is an ice-cream”, Flat 1, Vienna
“It has happened”, TPTP Project Space, Paris
Temporary Museum of Subjective Histories, Tehran & Berlin
1979–2009, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin
“Autobiographics”, Atelier Wilhelmstrasse 16, Stuttgart
“Tomorrow artist”, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
Märkisches Scholarship for Visual Arts / Video Arts, Städtische Galerie Iserlohn
One Minute International Film & Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland
“Summer reading”, Invisible Exports, New York
“Weed trimmer”, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz
“A wall is a screen”, Frauenfilmfestival, Dortmund, Köln
Saar Ferngas Young Art Award, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany
“Broken tales”, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
“America’s Next Top Model”, Klasse Christian Jankowski, Berlin
Saar Ferngas Award Young Art Gallery Schlassgoart, Luxembourg
Frische Kunst Markt, Stuttgart
Saar Ferngas Young Art Award, City Gallery Saarbrücken
GVS Young Artists Award, Stuttgart
“Last rites”, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
Saar Ferngas Young Art Award, Palatinate Gallery Kaiserslautern
“Young at art”, Galerie SEE 301, Zürich
“White night film”, 51 Stufen, Flensburg
“Iceberg enters obelisk”, Whitechapel Gallery, London
“Schöwelpreis for Artistic Photography”, Exhibition Space, AbK, Stuttgart
“Relocating absence”, Elevator Gallery, London
“Art game”, Galerie Gustav Siegle Haus, Stuttgart
FEX Media Art Night, Long Night of Museums, Stuttgart
“Test image”, Collective Exhibition, AbK, Stuttgart
“Two days only”, Fruit & Flower Deli Gallery, New York
“Stroke 9”, Young Art Award, Zurich
“Homo Bellicus”, Kulturzentrum Christiania, Berlin
“Occupation”, Theater festival, Zürich
“Light action”, Diploma Exhibition, Weimar
“Drawing”, Pratt Institute, South Hall Gallery, New York
“Fore/Sight”, Weimarhalle, Weimar
“The personal & the strangers”, John Falk, Weimar

Collections (selected)

The Farook Collection, Dubai
The Farjam Collection, Dubai
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
Salsali Collection, Dubai
Davis Museum at Wellesley College, USA


2017, Artist In Residence, Move Arts, Japan
2017, “Do Fard” Award Nominee, Visible Award, Italy
2017, Scholarship, Braunschweig University of Art, Germany
2017, BS Projects Scholarship Fine Arts, Braunschweig University of Art, Germany
2016, “Tutti”, Winner of the Walter Tiemann Prize
2016, Artist in Residence, Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Outset, Germany
2016, Berlin Cultural Exchange Scholarship, Istanbul
2015, Workshop Price, Kunstiftung Erich Hauser, Germany
2015, General Project Funding, The Cultural Administration of the Berlin Senate, Berlin
2014, New Face Award, Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo
2014, Artist in Residence Program: Goethe Institute’s Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto
2013, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2013, Production Grant, Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung
2012, MAK-Schindler Stipendium, Los Angeles (Aufenthalt 2013)
2011, The Emdash Award
2011, Frieze Foundation
2010, Working Grant, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg
2010, National Stipend for Emerging Artists, Kunstverein Hannover (Villa Minimo Residency 2012)
2010, Artist in Residence, Exchange – Reutlingen, Szolnok, Hungary
2009, Artist in Residence, Scholarship, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen
2008, Fresh Art Award, Stuttgart
2008, 2nd Prize Saar Ferngas Young Art Award, Saarbrücken
2005, Scholarship BUW, Pratt Institute, New York