RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR (May 15, 1972) is an Austrian born Vienna based half-afghan conceptual and performance artist who began his career in 1990. Active for two decades in varied fields of art, his work is recently focussing on the conflicting priorities between individual and social environment.
RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR (15 mai 1972) est un artiste conceptuel et la performance d’origine autrichienne basée à Vienne demi-afghan. Actif depuis deux décennies dans des domaines variés de l’art, son travail est récemment concentre sur le conflit priorités entre l’ environnement individuel et social.
RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR (15 Maggio 1972) è un performer e artista concettuale austro afgano che vive e lavora a Vienna. Inizia la sua carriera nel 1990. Attivo da due decadi in vari settori dell’arte, la sua ricerca recentemente si focalizza sulle priorità conflittuali esistenti tra ambiente individuale e sociale.
Pages: 46, full color / Published: Oct 2015
Dimensions: 210 mm × 297 mm / Weight: 240 g
Binding: softcover / magazine (A4)
Languages: English / Edition: free online version, print on demand
A R T I C U L A T E Contemporary Candy is an appeal to the daily eye, constantly exposed to imagery pollution in the cityscape, medias and online. We wish to resist this mindless pollution. Our call is to provoke quality above quantity. We’re in love with beauty and above all, that of original kind. We adore awkwardness and have an odd relation to synchrony. A R T I C U L A T E aims to make the art scene and its movements accessible to everybody, with a wish to avoid contribute to an at times exclusive art scene. Art in all its aspects fantastic and mind opening and we wish to share, with the wish of unifying all layers of society, ignoring the general prototypes of classifications within any society; aiming for a common non-commercial language (an articulate one, defined by shapes and sounds, thoughts and impulses, movements and stills, depths and surfaces, delay and silence).
Designing Beauty is the title of MUAB – Museum am Bach’s show in 2016. Under this title, the analysis of the beauty in (post-)modern social coexistence is based on Churchill’s quote “we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us”. The questions raised are:
How is society beginning to shape and/or design? Which environments and spaces could be designed? What strategy is contemporary art following in this matter?
Museum am Bach acts as an Institute for Contemporary Art and Social Systems Research and as such collects new social models and utopias. They are at core of annual shows, which address currently relevant cultural and social issues. In addition to an ongoing show, Museum am Bach also hosts one week of performance art under the title Ruden Live Art Week. The long-term vision of this entire institution is to grow a holistic understanding of society from the roots of artistic research.
SELEKTION – “A Performative View on the Nature of Human Behavior.” / Video-Documentation / 59 Min.
“It was always the privilege of comedians to illuminate the king and his court by messages camouflaged behind clues and symbols. My conceptual and performative work contributes to all these anonymous jesters who served social evolution and human cohesion across history.”
“Il privilegio degli attori è sempre stato quello di illuminare il Re e la sua corte con messaggi ed indizi nascosti dietro simboli. La mia ricerca concettuale attraverso la fotografia e la performance vuole essere il prosieguo del lavoro di questi anonimi giullari che, attraverso la storia, hanno contribuito all’evoluzione sociale ed alla coesione umana.”
Have you met Rahman Hak-Hagir? “An introduction can be a wonderful thing. I’d like
to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.” - Stephen B. MacInnis, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (2013)
ART & MORE Magazine (Milano) featuring articles from Austrian artist Rahman Hak-Hagir and art historican Katleen Luger in their January 2014 Print Issue. Front page story: THE WAR OF ART “How polictical artists use social networks as weapons of mass construction.” by Rahman Hak-Hagir.