Artist Talk: Abbas Zahedi

a dark image of an outstretched hand with a glowing dot on the palm
Abbas Zahedi, Holding a Heart, 2023. Courtesy the artist and Belmacz.
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Join us for a talk where our exhibiting artist Abbas Zahedi discusses his practice and forthcoming publication with writer and curator Eva Wilson.

Together they will discuss Zahedi’s exhibition Holding a Heart in Artifice, a newly commissioned installation and engagement programme that reflects on the ways in which artists, artwork, galleries and audiences are contingent upon one another, in addition to their publication " " #7: Abbas Zahedi in conversation with Eva Wilson, which explores translation and transplantation as frameworks that allow us to understand ourselves in relation to others.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one and a half hours. A rest break is not included. Seating is available.


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Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

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Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms or is awaiting test results.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

Abbas Zahedi (b. 1984, London, UK), studied medicine at University College London, before completing his MA in Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies at Central Saint Martins in 2019. Abbas blends contemporary philosophy, poetics, and social dynamics with performative and new-media modes. With an emphasis on how personal and collective histories interweave, Abbas makes connections whenever possible with people involved in the particular situations upon which he focuses. Abbas has been the recipient of numerous awards including: the Frieze Artist Award (2022); the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists (2021); the Serpentine Galleries’ Support Structures for Support Structures (2021); Artangel, Thinking Time (2020); Jerwood Arts Bursary (2019); Aziz Foundation Academic Scholarship (2018); and Khadijah Saye Memorial Fund Scholarship (2017).

Eva Wilson is a London-based writer currently working on a thesis on virtuality and the virtual image in the nineteenth century. She was a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies BildEvidenz (Freie Universität Berlin), and part of the editorial team of documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens, director of Schinkel Pavillon Berlin, and curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna. She is a co-commissioning editor of the book series “ ” (NERO, Rome), which looks at the forms and roles of publishing within artists’ practices.

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