Ahoo Maher, Endless, 2020Sold
Ahoo Maher, Body and Privacy, 2019£ 3,200.00
Ahoo Maher, Unbreakable, 2016£ 550.00
"The objective body is not the true version of the phenomenal body, that is, the true version of the body that we live; it is indeed no more than the latter's impoverished image." Maurice Merleau-Ponty
The "After" series are large-format oil and acrylic paintings in which I depict calm and peaceful moments of the people around me. The characters are my friends who love to party. But I only show them when they are quiet and empty the next day. They are no longer aggressive, loud, and energetic but instead have retreated to their homes in peace. When their souls have returned to their bodies, they will perceive themselves anew and return to everyday life.
I do not intend to criticize or confirm anything; I am just depicting people's lives from another angle so that others may look at them in the same way and perhaps relate or find recognizable elements. My intention is not take a moral stance, neither to make a statement; instead, I want to observe it and poneder without making any judgment, and to invite others to join me. I want to watch my surroundings from the outside and notice the concerns of my generation and their effects on me.
My starting point was the feeling of emptiness and meaninglessness that people sometimes experience when they return to their daily lives after a party. In my view, this is not necessarily positive or negative. I desire to have a neutral perspective, neither approving nor rejecting it: my standpoint is purely a moment of reflection. I want people to stop for a moment, pause, and look at the world from my point of view.
In the "After" paintings, I tell little stories. With limited colors and monotone background areas, I represent the moment of silence and offer the possibility for the figures to stand out.
The revolution in Iran in 1979 brought about a dramatic shift in the use of public and private space. Activities and social gatherings which were previously permitted in public space were no longer allowed. As a result, people have retreated into private space, and most relaxed gatherings and parties take place at home in order to bypass the imposed restrictions. Therefore, the mood and conditions at parties can be more personal than in a club in Europe for example. "After-hours" and post-party recovery also often happen on the same premises where the partying occurs. Whilst recovering you look around and observe the empty bottles, crisp packets, and other traces from the previous night. There is a striking contrast between before and after a party, i.e. a space that was occupied by moving figures becomes calm and quiet occupied by static sleeping human figures.
Born in Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria
2017 Diploma in Contexual Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2011 Musiktraining Cello Pedagogy, University of Music and Performing Art, Vienna
2009 Cello, Prayner Konsevatory for Music and Performing Art, Vienna
2007 BA Music,Tehran Music School, Tehran
2020 Die Schöne, Vienna, Austria
2018 Faces, Bordsteinschwalbe Gallery, Graz, Austria
2015 Diary, Dastan Basement Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Auffalen, Public Domain, Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Show me three give me five, Salzamt, Linz
Photons, Wuk, Vienna
Female Art Auction, Artcare, Vienna
2021 Kunst AMmStern Hendricks, Vienna
Back hand, Soo Contemporary, Tehran
Young Art Auction, Vienna
Discomfort, Einflussraum, Vienna
2020 Young Art Auction, Artcare, Vienna
2019 Parallel Vienna Art Fair, Vienna
Young Art Auction, Artcare, Vienna
Vignale Festival, Vienna
2018 Alserkal Avenue Gallery, Dubai
Paradise Garden, Philomenia Gallery, Vienna
DanubiArt, Besucherzentrum Welterbe, Regensburg
2017 Final Exhibition, Xhibit Gemӓlde Gallery, Vienna
Snack, Bibliothek Akademie der Bildende Kϋnste, Vienna
Update, Datan Gallery, Tehran
2016 Rundgang Akademie Der Bildende Kϋnste, Vienna
Art of Autism, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran
Geviert, Universitӓt Bibliothek der Akademie Der bildende Kϋnste, Vienna
Frauen, Prosa, Vienna
30x30, Exhibition of Iranian Contemporary Artist, Tehran
Update, Dastan 2 Gallery, Tehran
2015 Aufgerissenen Auge, Transmanieristiche Reaktion, xhibit Gallery, Vienna
2014 Studio One, Vienna
Somewhere, Prosa, Vienna
Lageegal, Gallery A Collection, Vienna
Limited Access, Vista Gallery, Tehran
2013 Miniature Museum, California Institute of Arts, Los Angles
2022 Live Portrait, DH5, Linz
2020 Salon Else, Vienna
2019 Nixtasy, Fabrikanten, Linz
Moire, DorfTV, Linz
2018 Maher-Ruf Duo, Zentrum Fϋr Musikvermitlung 14, Vienna
Live Painting, Danubiart Festival, Regensburg
2017 mit kompanie vonnuna, Strenge Kammer, Porgy and Bess, Vienna
Duett with Thomas Grimm, mo.ё, Vienna
AIR2hEAR #7 with Enrique Mendoza, Amann Studio, Vienna
Moire Performance in Kunst- und Kulturraum mo.ё, Vienna
2016 Musikalische Begleitung, “IF SHE CAN SEE IT; SHE CAN BE IT”
Preisverleihung Drehbuchforum Österreich/Musik Performance, Bei Karl-Mayer, Veinna
Thomas Pluch Drehbuchpreis Diagonale, Graz
ToBe Continued festival, Live Streaming, Vienna
Art FREMD-FREMD ART, St, Pölten
JOHN BUTCHER Ensamble, Echoraum, Vienna
Morgenland Festival, Osnabrϋck
2015 Beton Performance, Strenge Kammer Prorgy and Bess, Vienna
“Su:r” mit Derang Duett, Echoraum, Vienna
“DUO, TRIO”, FRIV Festival, Poznan
Cello Flöte Duett, Das Zweitbeste, Vienna
Beton, Österreichische Kulturforum, Bratislava
Morgenland Festival, Osnabrϋck
2014 Klangfarbe und Die ewige Wiederkehr Art Unchored Festival, Vienna-Bratislava
SOOR, Derang Duo Performance, Shirin Art Centre, Tehran
Morgenland Festival, Osnabrϋck
2013 Aufruf″ mit Derang Duo Universitӓt fϋr music und darstellende kunst, Vienna
2012 Klangfarben, Klara Schuman saa, Möe, Vienna
Selbstzensur, Post-Porn and BodyPolitik, VBKÖ, ViennaMorgenland Festival, Osnabrϋck
Tell us about yourself. What is your background and where did you grow up? How have your life experiences shaped your work?
I grew up in an artistic family in Tehran, Iran. From an early age, I came into contact with visual art and artists - both my parents are artists and as a child, I was always encouraged to follow the creation and implementation of their projects. I also started very early to create my own art. Despite this, at the age of nine, I decided to enter the world of music and spent most of my time practicing and playing cello. I eventually moved to Vienna at the age of seventeen to study music. This was the point when I realized what an important role visual art plays in my life and how much I missed it. The result was a return to visual art and specifically a return to painting. I now work as a freelance visual artist and curator in Vienna.
From an early age, I have been exposed to the aesthetics of Iranian contemporary art and miniature painting and these persistently continue to be an important influence on my artistic practice.
Why did you become an artist and what has been your journey up to this point?
Painting is the language that I can use to express myself and communicate with the world. Through the support of my family and the artistic environment they created for me, they provided me with the opoortunity to consciously choose my own artistic path. After years of experimenting and playing around with music, performance, and painting I realized that drawing and painting are my chosen mediums, and that through imagery I can best express myself.
I studied Contextual Painting at the academy of fine arts Vienna, where I was able to experiment with many different mediums and learn how to develop my concepts and bring them into implementation.
What is an average day in your studio like and what is your routine? What is your creative process?
For me I think there is almost no routine. Every day is unique and special. Most days I take notes regarding the topics that are currently my concern. One of the most time-consuming parts of the artistic process is to develop, modify and improve the concepts. Once I have decided upon a concept/subject, then the process of calculating and collecting material begins. I make sketches (partly on paper or digitally) which will eventually be developed into large format images.
Apart from my large-scale paintings I maintain a separate daily drawing diary made up of small-format drawings inspired by or depicting everyday situations.
Therefore, a day in the studio varies depending on which stage I am in the creative process.
How do you choose a medium for your work? Do you prepare and plan or do you improvise and experiment?
Sometimes I am aware from the beginning that the image should be realized with a certain medium, but sometimes it evolves or changes during the creation process itself. But generally, I do a lot of planning and make sketches before I implement the final version.
Are your works conveying a message? Is there a narrative or a story to your work?
Yes, almost all my pictures have a story – my story! My work reflects the things that are important to me and my world views. Some works are clearly critical while others are merely “neutral” depictions which invite the viewer to come to their own conclusions.
Who and what are some of your greatest influences in both your life and as an artist?
Traveling and observing people are the greatest influences on my artistic process. I learnt this from my father, how he looks at the world and how he reflects it in his art. I try to be a spectator of situations and record moments with my memory and photography. Combining the memories, photos, and sketches together to create a unique individual moment.
There are also many figurative painters who have influenced my paintings like Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and many others.
Do you consider your work of art creation or a discovery?
A very difficult question because the creative process is also a process of discovery. But in this case, I would say I discover special moments and with them I create images.
What Is Bothering You?13 Jul - 13 Oct 2022What are you thinking about? What is bothering you?
Daa Art is delighted to announce its second exhibition featuring a selection of figurative artworks by emerging artists in diaspora.
Gilles Deleuze argues that with art we reach “sensation”, or the “being of the sensible,” the sentiendum. In this regard, Deleuze cites Francis Bacon: an artwork produces an effect on the nervous system, not on the brain. With the second exhibition, Daa Art is exploring how figurative artworks transform the body to an extension of the world in which it is situated. The featured artworks try to push us out of our habits of perception and force us to experience the “being of the sensible”. What are you thinking about? What is bothering you? introduce us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses, i.e. the enlargement of a body does not simply render precise what in any case was visible. It reveals entirely new structural formations of the subject.