Shirazeh Houshiary

STPI is proud to present “The River is Within Us”, the first solo exhibition of UK based artist Shirazeh Houshiary in Southeast Asia. She is known for her multimedia installations like Breath, a collateral event at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), as well as the 2008 East Window for St Martins in the Fields in London. Additionally, she has completed several site-specific commissions within the fashion industry for notable figures like Jimmy Choo and Victoria Beckham. Though a sculptor, her unique preoccupation with painting, installation, film and architectural projects have set her apart from contemporaries Anish Kapoor and Richard Deacon, all of whom were part of the new British sculpture movement in the early 1980s. This time, her readiness to test the relevance of paper in today’s digital age has propelled her to expand and push the boundaries of her earlier work. These fresh renditions at STPI continue to challenge our perception of similarities and differences between cultures, with the ultimate emphasis on the absolute interconnection of humanity. Her latest works will be presented alongside Breath, which will be installed in the centre of the gallery.

Houshiary was born in Shiraz, Iran, where she attended university before moving to London where she currently lives and works. She studied at Chelsea School of Art, London and emerged with the new British Sculpture movement in the early 1980s, alongside artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon and Anish Kapoor. Her broad practice encompasses painting, sculpture, installation, architectural projects and film. Whether finely wrought skeins of pencil and pigment, elliptical brick towers or fleeting digital apparitions, her works attempt to visualise modes of perception, articulating a metaphysical reality that lies beyond form and surface. Recent projects include the solo exhibition, ‘Breath’, a collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the Kiev Biennale (2012); and the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). Her works are collected by museums ranging from Tate, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim. She is represented by Lisson Gallery and Lehmann Maupin.