Shadi Harouni: Of Myth and Monument

Two hands emerge from holes in a gray wall, holding a jagged piece of stone

I Dream the Mountain is Still Whole (2017), HD video still, duration 17:06.

Shadi Harouni is an artist based in New York City and Tehran. She serves as assistant professor and head of the studio art program/B.F.A. at New York University–Steinhardt. Harouni's practice ranges from site-specific interventions and sculptures to printmaking, photography, and film.

Harouni's work considers the metaphysics of hope alive in contested bodies, forbidden objects, and forgotten spaces. Her research is centered on disavowed and marginalized histories of dissent and resistance, chiefly in the Middle East. Harouni's projects have been exhibited at Queens Museum, New York City; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic; University of Toronto, Canada; Fondazione Ratti, Italy; and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York City. Her work has been featured in Art Forum, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Flash Art, among others. She has been awarded a Gattuso Prize for Outstanding Exhibition, as well as a Harpo Foundation Grant for Artists, AIR Fellowship, and residencies at Skowhegan, SOMA in Mexico, and LES Printshop in New York City. Harouni holds an M.F.A. from New York University–Steinhardt and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.