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Sara Rahbar

Iranian, b. 1976

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Sara Rahbar

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Iranian, b. 1976

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In her mixed-media sculptures and installations, New York-based artist Sara Rahbar explores the human condition and emotions in work that takes shape from collected objects gathered from her surroundings. Rahbar received earlier acclaim for her “Flag” series (2005—15), for which she explored the iconography of the American flag, probing her emotional attachment to the country, the concept of the American Dream, and ideas of violence, power, and war in works consisting of textiles and collected objects. This strategy of combining disparate items to create new forms characterizes Rahbar’s subsequent works, which incorporate antiquated weapons, cast bronze, and other vintage materials and textiles. The pieces ultimately become manifestations of the artist’s quest to understand identity and the need to belong. For Rahbar, the meaning of her sculptures rests not in the translation of individual parts into a collective whole but the interaction between the distinct components and the ways their respective histories converse with one another.

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Biography

In her mixed-media sculptures and installations, New York-based artist Sara Rahbar explores the human condition and emotions in work that takes shape from collected objects gathered from her surroundings. Rahbar received earlier acclaim for her “Flag” series (2005—15), for which she explored the iconography of the American flag, probing her emotional attachment to the country, the concept of the American Dream, and ideas of violence, power, and war in works consisting of textiles and collected objects. This strategy of combining disparate items to create new forms characterizes Rahbar’s subsequent works, which incorporate antiquated weapons, cast bronze, and other vintage materials and textiles. The pieces ultimately become manifestations of the artist’s quest to understand identity and the need to belong. For Rahbar, the meaning of her sculptures rests not in the translation of individual parts into a collective whole but the interaction between the distinct components and the ways their respective histories converse with one another.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dallas Contemporary
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtAsiaPacific
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Sara Rahbar
At NADA New York, an Iranian-American Artist Uses Tools to Question Social Structures
May 15th, 2015
At NADA New York, an Iranian-American Artist Uses Tools to Question Social Structures
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