Zeinab Shahidi Marnani
Shahidi Marnani’s recent work aims to facilitate dialogue concerning the issue of time. She employs alternative methods to create dialogue through the medium of text and video, applying the specifications of time-based media.
Zeinab Shahidi Marnani was born in Isfahan, Iran and she lives and works in Tehran. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2011 and her BFA from The Tehran University in 2007. She has shown her work at The Print Shop, MoMA PS1, New York; Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; Devi Art Foundation, India; Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran; design transfer gallery (UDK), Berlin; Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran; The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin; PØST, Los Angeles; and Regina Rex, New York.
Residents from Iran
Ken Shu Lee is an art critic, a curator, a publisher, a lecturer, a writer and a filmmaker. With his interest in the identity and historicity of art since modernization, he produced exhibitions demonstrating the communication and interactions between old and new generations of art. How will we capture the signs of post-colonialism and overcome the standardized globalization? He is seeking a model of globalism that is a true combination of globalism and localism. How can art survive amidst the environment of commercialized art? Lee questions how the social role of art and autonomy of artists can be separated. He considers the destruction of barriers between the East and the West, tradition and modernity and center and periphery with the theme of art as communication.
Ken Shu Lee (born in Seoul, 1965) has curated exhibitions in South Korea, including Maestro, 2002; Oriental Painting Paradiso, 2003; Moon Garden, 2008; and Landscape Dot Human, 2012. He also organized Biennale Archive at the Busan Biennale 2014, a special exhibition recalling the 50-year history of Korean participation. As a journalist and the chief editor of Monthly Art, Lee is most noted for his career as an art journalist for 17 years.
Residents from South Korea
Specializing in the design of play and educational objects, Anne Sommer has devoted her research to the world of children. Her label, Spielmode, was inspired while Sommer was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room watching a five-year old boy playing with a colored wooden tower; the only available toy in the kid’s corner. Sommer thought that there ought to be individual toys for children. Every child should have the opportunity to keep a toy, appropriate to his or her age, on hand at any time. She subsequently launched a fashion line with integrated toys for children.
Anne Sommer (born 1983 in Berlin, Germany) moved to Halle to study Design of Playing and Learning and later studied fashion design at the Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño Valencia, Spain. Sommer graduated from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in 2013. Recent presentations and exhibitions include Interactive Kidsfotos, Designhaus Halle, 2014; spielhochvier, Designhaus Halle, 2013; Fantitastisch, Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, 2013; Brücke-Catwalk, Lange Nacht der Kultur, Kleinmachnow, 2013. Awards include Hugo Junkers Prize, 2013 and Scidea Ideenwettbewerb, 2013.