De Appel

Arefeh Riahi

Un/folding Interventions

08 Oct - 12 Dec 2019

© Arefeh Riahi
Un/folding Interventions
8 October – 12 December 2019

This Page will be updated every week with an image-report of the Fourteen-Fold-Object and its living in the archive, as well as documentation of related events throughout the course of the project, up until December. Scroll down to view the images.

Archive Gatherings
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17th October: A collaborative Un/folding of the fourteen-fold-object. Performed by artist Arefeh Riahi and archivist Nell Donkers
7th November: To see the inability to see. A collaborative un/narration by Arefeh Riahi, Maartje Fliervoet and Martín La Roche Contreras
28th November: To be announced
12th December: Finissage

Un/folding Interventions is an ongoing, research-driven presentation by artist-in residency in the archive of De Appel, Arefeh Riahi. The presentation unfolds in the format of daily actions, archive gatherings with event-based performances, as well as an ongoing yet constantly changing exhibition.

Each intervention marks a pivot in a conversation between the archival site and a specially produced multifaceted, self-enclosing folding object, the construction of which is based on the template of a cube with additional surfaces and folds. This object — a body, a box, a book, a folder, a container, a component, a space that is archiving itself — will be in residence in the archive of De Appel for two months, to be folded and unfolded, existing as an anarchival agent within the archive.

Through its multiple interpositions, enabled by intervening bodies — the artist, the archivist, guests and visitors of the archive — the object engages with the surrounding archival materials, structures and space. By testing the limits of its capacity to extend, contract, recoil its limbs and re-orientate its axis, the object rearranges the existing archival system. It insists on interruptions, suggests new associations and chronologies, and re-routes the space’s flow of movement.

Arefeh Riahi (b. 1979, Tehran) is a visual artist and researcher currently based in The Hague. Her performances, videos, installations, drawings, texts and paintings take up questions of archiving and anarchiving, undecidability, body and space potentialities, relation to power, censorship, translatability, and the multiplicity of interpretation. Her work has been exhibited at the Silk Road Gallery (Tehran, Iran), Cinema Museum (Tehran, Iran), Gallery Isabelle Van den Eynde (Dubai, UAE), Sesc Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the 13th Delhi Photo Festival (India), Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), 1646 Project Space (The Hague, NL), Gemak (The Hague, NL), The Peace Palace (The Hague, NL) Gallery Nouvelle Images (The Hague, NL) and REDCAT; Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (Los Angles, CA). She is a graduate of the Azad University, Tehran, and Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag.
Un/folding Interventions is generously supported by AFK Amsterdam and Stroom, Den Haag.