Babak Afrassiabi

Babak Afrassiabi is a core tutor for studio practice. He is an Iranian born artist currently based in Rotterdam and Brussels.

His artistic work is mainly in collaboration with Nasrin Tabatabai, a collaboration that began in 2004 with the publication of the first issue of Pages, a bilingual (Farsi / English) magazine. This expanded into several projects and exhibitions, defined mostly by their combinations of different media and materials, often brought together as a result of long-term research. Linking these works is an attempt to articulate the undecidable space between art and its historical conditions. The recurring question, especially in more recent works, has related to the place of the archive in defining this juncture between politics, history and the practice of art.

Before coming to the MA Artistic Research, Babak taught at the Jan van Eyck Post-Academic Institute for Research and Production, Fine Art, Design, Theory in Maastricht and he continues to teach at the Erg, École Superieure des Arts, Master's program, Brussels.

Film screenings and exhibitions include The 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam Lost in the Archive, Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga; 5th Guangzhou Triennale/ First Asia biennial, Guangzhou 2015 The Past, The Present, The Possible, 12 Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE Moderation, Witte de With Institute Rotterdam; Muslim Mulliqi Prize 2014Seep, Chisenhale, London and MACBA, BarcelonaTwo Archives, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; 12th Istanbul Biennial The Isle,MAK Center/ Schindler House, Los Angeles. Pages also participated in the magazines of Documenta 12, Kassel and the publishing project Como viver junto, 27th São Paulo Biennial.

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