Courtesy: Nader Koochaki


Nader Koochaki (Iran/Spain), informed by a background in sociology, has a practice that has been characterised by the intention to develop a language to overcome the restrictions and obligations of academia. Much of his work consists of research lines that combine field work and the archival.

He has studied some phenomena that verge on the border between culture and nature, such as caves, shepherding, hunting and seagull’s habitats. He is also working in the field of photography with the attempt to think about the medium itself. That is the case of Open Sky (2009-..), or Asphalt Roll(2015-…), two working lines that deal with the photographic language. Among others, his work has included video-installations (XXXXX, 2012), (Scènes, 2012); sound archives (Dorsal Landscape, 2009-2015), performance and happenings (Intervention in the Agora, 2005) (Closed Circuits, 2013) (Fluids, 2014) and photographic series (Huntinglines, 2010-…) (Mining Tableau, 2012-…) etc.

Nader graduated in Sociology from the University of the Basque Country (2006). Exhibitions have included displays at the following locations: Arteleku in Donostia-San Sebastian, Archive of the Historical Province of Araba-Alava, Cristina Enea Foundation in Donostia-San Sebastian, Bizkaia Aretoa Building in Bilbao, Arts Centre of Egia, Media Library of Miarritze-Biarritz, Basque Museum of Bayonne, Club Le Larraskito in Bilbao, Antoni Tàpies Foundation of Barcelona, Artium Museoa in Vitoria-Gasteiz, MOP in Dubai, Edge of Arabia gallery in London, Tabakalera in Donostia-San Sebastian, and Igartubeiti Farm Museum in Ezkio-Itsaso.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Nader will prepare his solo exhibition at Sophia Contemporary Gallery and launch a new publication.

With support from

Magic of Persia Foundation


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