Elham Rahmati (b. 1989, Tehran) is a visual artist and curator based in Helsinki, currently pursuing an MA of Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at Aalto University. She also holds an MA of Visual Arts from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In her work, she deals mainly with the politics of conflict, trauma and collective memory. At the moment, she works as the curator and researcher for the ‘Academy of Moving People & Images‘.
2016- MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art in Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.
2014 Academic Exchange in Visual Culture & Contemporary Art in Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.
2013-2016 MFA in Visual Arts & New Expressive Languages/Painting in Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Florence, Italy.
2012 BFA in Painting from the Sepehr University of Art in Esfahan, Iran.
2008 Graduation from Sooreh Art School in Film Studies.
2019 Group Exhibition. Huuto Galleria, Helsinki, Finland.
2018. Holding a Monument, Myymälä2 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 2018.
2017 It Seemed the Better Way, K18 Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia.
2015 In the Dark Times Will There Also Be Singing? Third Space, Helsinki, Finland.
2015 Stories From the Sea, Stories From the City, Gallery Klein, Helsinki, Finland.
2009 In the Dark Times Will There Also Be Singing? Ghalam Gallery, Esfahan, Iran.
2018 Videokanava: Resolution / Kumous, screening 2, ContemporaryArt Center Pispala, Tampere, Finland.
Videokanava: Resolution / Kumous, screening 2, Yard of Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland.
2018 Here to Disappear, Third Space, Helsinki, Finland.
2018 ArtHouse Disclosure, ArtHouse, Espoo, Finland.
2018 System & Error, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallin, Estonia.
2018 Always First Demolition, Dispersed Holdings, New York, United States.
2017 Opdagelser 2017, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Kettinge, Denmark.
2017 Reviewing Richter, Zbirka Richter, Zagreb, Croatia.
2017 Fresh Legs 2017, Gallery Heike Arndt DE, Berlin, Germany.
2017 Is/Not: Sculpture For the Post-Truth Era, Aalto Learning Center, Espoo, Finland.
2015 Women Communicating Across and Through Arts, Caisa, Helsinki, Finland.
2015 Mediums & Dimensions, Art House, Espoo, Finland.
2015 In-between, Aalto University Observatory, Espoo, Finland.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM
2018. ~In Waves~ Intensive residency of feminist curating at Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Culture Centre organised by Nynnyt, 2018.
2o17 Artist in residence at GuestRoomMaribor, Maribor, Slovenia.
2018. Article published by CuMMA-Studies in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, Notes on the Archeology of the Final Decade/ Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz—Persepolis (1967-1977)
2016 Master’s Thesis in the Academy of Florence – The Agonistic Curatorial and Artistic Practices in Iran.
2015 CUMMA PAPERS #13, Interview with Sabine Dahl Nielsen.
CURATORIAL & COLLABORATIVE
2018- Curator and researcher of ‘Academy of Moving People & Images‘, Helsinki, Finland.
2018 Curator of Academy of Moving People & Images test-workshop directed by Erol Mintas at Goethe-Institut Finnland.
2018 Assistant editor of HIAP Yearbook 2017.
2018 Residency/communication assistant at HIAP-Helsinki International Artist Programme.
2017- Curator and Coordinator in the gallery Third Space in Helsinki.
2017 Co-curating the course Authorship & Agency: Learning From the Middle East. Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.
2017 Workshop & technical Assistant in Ivana Franke, Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen’s exhibition: Perceptual Drift (Galaxies in Mind) / GREY AREA, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia.
2016 On Revolutionary Stories, Curating a Lecture/discussion event with Ramy Essam, Aalto University. Espoo, Finland.
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
2018 Kone Foundation, 18 months working grant for the project ‘Academy of Moving People & Images‘.
2018. Taike, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, 6 months Artist grant.
2018 Aalto Art’s Department Grant for the upcoming exhibition in Myymälä2, Finland.
2017 MIUR: Ministry of Education, Universities & Research, Italy.
2016 – 2013 Dsu Toscana, Full Tuition scholarship, Florence, Italy.
2014 – 2015 Erasmus Scholarship for a full academic year in Finland.
2017- Member of Third Space Collective, Helsinki.
2017- Catalysti: Transcultural Artists in Finland.
WORKS IN COLLECTION
2017 Drawing “Not only will I stare, I want my look to change reality”, Private Collection Germany.
2015. Drawing “Soul Meets Body”, Private Collection Finland.