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Mahsa Merci

Statement

Born in 1990 in Tehran, Iran, Mahsa Merci is a multidisciplinary artist who works in various media and techniques, from painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage to photography, installation, and video. Much of her work reflects a focus on marginal identities. It discusses the act of painting and collage as a natural extension of her suppressed role in Iranian society and her personal and political views as an Iranian female artist. Her works aspire to raise awareness in the audience of the hidden facets people may carry within all aspects of their identities. Mahsa reimagines and reformulates the self's voice to offer an articulate LGBTQ language despite race, roots, color, and culture. Mahsa brings together an ongoing body of works that establishes new definitions that draw upon textures and gestures manifest across natural and sociopolitical boundaries. By combining unconventional materials and objects, she creates a new generation of portraiture, inviting the audience to come closer and investigate the definitions of pretty or ugly, soft or rough, and she or he.

Mahsa Merci has exhibited in over thirty-five solo and group exhibitions in America, Canada, Italy, Belgium, UAE, India, Cyprus, Hong Kong, and Iran. Her works are internationally published in various magazines.

CV

  • b 1990, Tehran, Iran
Education:
  • From 2019 to present, Master of Fine Art, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • 2014- 2017, Master of Painting, Azad University, Tehran, Iran
  • 2009- 2012, BA, Graphic Design, Art university of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Solo exhibition:
  • 2019 ,Etemad Gallery,Tehran , Iran
Selected group exhibitions:
  • 2020, Limbo, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium 2020, GIFC, Online Exhibition, Oslo, Norway
  • 2020, Anything-whatever, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 2020, Portrait:Identity and expression, Site Brooklyn Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2020, Floorr, Online Exhibition, London, England
  • 2019, Video Art Screening, Motion Sickness Gallery, Cambridge, England
  • 2019, All-Iranian Women, Tache Art Gallery of University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 2018, Mainesthai, Kimera Collective Group, Nicosia, Cyprus 2017, Opening Exhibition, Drawing Museum ,Tehran ,Iran 2017, Episode 02 ,Mohsen Gallery ,Tehran ,Iran
  • 2017, Pure drawing, Spazio Nour Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2017, Food, Contemporary art museum of Isfahan, Isfahan,Iran
  • 2016, Identity, Jorjani Gallery, Tehran,Iran
  • 2016,Tehran Experimental Art Week, Farhangsara Niyavaran, Tehran, Iran
  • 2016, Art in secret ,Showcase Gallery, Dubai, the U.A.E
  • 2015, Peace, Lajevardi Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2014, Art and Craft Gallery ,New York, USA 2014 , Y Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2013, Art walk , Saadabad Museum, Tehran, Iran 2013, The Other ,Shirin Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2013, Color and Sketch, Hoor Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2011, Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Festivals,Biennale and competition:
  • 2016, Cheap Festival, Bologna,Italy
  • 2016, Fouad photography festival, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2014, New generation, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2014, Action, expression, creativity, Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2013, Picture of Year, Iranian Artists Forum Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2012, 4th Damoonfar Painting Biennial, Mellat Cinema Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2009, 100 artworks 100 Artists, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Art Fair:
  • 2020, The Other Art Fair-Online Studios, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2020, Mayfair Art Weekend Showreel, London, UK
  • 2018, Miami art fair ,Florida, Usa
  • 2018, India art fair ,Delhi ,India
Selected Bibliography and Interview:
  • 2021, Two works are published in Artmaze Magazine, pages 80 and 81 , London, UK
  • 2020, Art Viewer, Limbo Act II at Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2020, Creative Boom, Artists in 'limbo' share their feelings of frustration and hope in new works, Katy Cowan, London, UK
  • 2020, Corona Care+, Field Projects Gallery, New York, United States
  • 2020, RICE Initiative, online magazine, Vol. 1 ,pages 88 to 91, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2020, Create! Magazine, Vol. 19 ,pages 118 to 121, Philadelphia, USA 2020, Under the bridge magazine, Vol. 2 ,pages 27and 28, Los Angeles, USA 2019, Interviewed with ABC news ,Australia
  • 2019, Interviewed with Pey-vast, online visual arts platform, Tehran, Iran
  • 2019, Interviewed with Art Habens online contemporary magazine, Biennale edition ,pages 34 to 64, London, England
  • 2019, Six works are published in Hymen magazine ,Ignorance issue, Oslo, Norway
  • 2018, Art review and three works are published in Four years Four Projects by Bita Fayyazi book, Tehran, Iran
  • 2017, Art review and three works are published in Zard magazine, Vol. 3 ,Tehran, Iran
  • 2017, Interviewed with Art Habens, online contemporary magazine, Vol. 96 ,pages 164 to 187,Lon- don, England
  • 2017, Two works are published in Hyrsteria zine, Baltimore, MD, USA 2015, Two works are published in Culture of peace book, Tehran, Iran 2014, Two photos are published in Tehran Art book, Tehran, Iran
Private Collection:
  • Jonathan Travis, New York, USA Raul Sabhani,, New York, USA Michael Abramss, New York, USA Human Collection, Toronto, Canada
  • Bech Risvig Collection, Silkeborg, Denmark Mohsen Rasoulof, Tehran, Iran
  • Lajevardi Foundation Collection, Tehran, Iran
Award:
  • Manitoba scholarship , University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada
  • MGS award, Manitoba, Canada