Garden Coup:

Garden Coup

Artist: Bahar Behbahani
painting | Installation with onionskin vintage papers, zinc plate, print and drawings on transparent film and c | 2015

As a student, Behbahani studied Middle Eastern architecture scholar Donald Wilber’s research; he wrote of Persian gardens beyond the romance of nightingales and cypresses. Years later, in 2013, it surfaced that Wilber was a spy; the CIA released a 200-page report of the 1952 coup in Iran that he authored. In Garden Coup, paintings and images of gardens, and the report and its redactions crowd and elbow each other, to consider the secrets and violations of history.


11th Shanghai Biennale - WHY NOT ASK AGAIN | 2016.11.11 - 2017.03.12 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(Shanghai, China)