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nairy baghramian - breathing spell (un respiro)

palacio de cristal - madrid
may 17 - october 14, 2018
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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

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nairy baghramian, breathing spell, palacio de cristal, madrid, 2018. 

The sculptures and installations of Nairy Baghramian update inherited forms and concepts to deal with notions such as functionality, abstraction or feminism. With clear references to the History of Art and modern architecture, specifically to minimalism and surrealism, the artist questions the tensions between function and ornament, industry and crafts, among others. His sculptures, made with steel, resins, silicones or leather sometimes adopt organic shapes that have protuberances and cavities in which both human physiology and subjectivity resonate, as well as interior design and decorative objects.

 

The work of Baghramian, always fragile and poetic, also alludes to the imposed limits, to its permeability and its transitions. In this sense, the Palacio de Cristal, which hosts the first individual exhibition of the artist in Spain, lends itself as a perfect ally, because in its inner and outer skin they shake hands. In this way, the building serves as a premise for a new spatial negotiation with which to explore the limits and reflect on the instability of materials, inside and outside, public and private.

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