Selected Works

Bita Fayyazi

Bita Fayyazi, born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran has been working in the field of ceramics and sculptures for over 19 years. Living for a short while in London, Fayyazi returned to Tehran in 1980 where she lives and teaches from her studio. Hailed as one of the most important female Iranian artists, Fayyazi has featured in group and solo exhibitions across the world. Though cast as a sculptor, Fayyazi actually engages in a form of participative social sculpting, where the process of making the work is artistically more significant than the physical result of the process. From the mid 90’s onward Fayyazi challenged the official definitions of art that defined the Tehran art scene at the time. At first largely rejected in Tehran for her unconventional work during a period of haughty and limit bound traditionalism and academicism, Fayyazi had a break through during Tehran’s 6th Biennial of Contemporary Ceramic Art, despite the attempt of several members of the committee to throw out her work. She cast and fired terracotta dogs (‘Road Kill’, 1998), modelled on dead dogs found on the highways in Tehran, and then placed her creations onto streets around the city, much to the consternation of onlookers. From this point onwards Fayyazi has gone from strength to strength, representing her country at the Venice Biennale in 2005. She has exhibited at, among others, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris (2008 and 2010), the Museum of Modern Art in Freiburg (2007) and the Pergamon Museum, Berlin (2008). She has exhibited in two group exhibitions at Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, notably in Be Crowned with Laurel in Oblivion (2010) with Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh.