Laleh Khorramian’s work takes theater and the spectacle as its point of departure, to explore aspects of human nature and emotional states of consciousness, and the possibilities of drawing as a medium. Her work combines animation and drawing in order to capture and emphasizes particular stages of the art-making process. These animations look to cinema in its juxtaposition of moving image and sounds. They look to drawing and printmaking for the possibilities of chance accidents, the manipulation of found material, and the mark of the human trace. Her experimental animations use her own monoprints and drawings as tools for storytelling. Stop-motion animation can alter the representation of time, giving mundane scenarios a mythical, out-of-time quality allowing her to stage narratives that are subjective accounts of historic event, ancient myths, and biblical themes. By removing cultural and historic specificity from these narratives, she examines the essence of their visual forms and emotional content.
Laleh has exhibited internationally, including solo shows in New York, Vienna, and Dubai. Saturns Neckless, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2016); Midnight Moment: Laleh Khorramian, Times Square, New York, USA (2014); Water Panics in the Sea, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA (2012); Water Panics in the Sea, Nicole Klagsbrun Project Space, New York, USA (2011); The First Mould of Water, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria (2011); Scene 9, Water Panics in the Sea, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria (2009); Zenith and Nadir, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2008) and I Without End, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, USA (2008).
Her work has also been featured in a number of group shows, including The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE (2017); Videonale.14, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany (2013); Cinemaphere, FIAC, Jardin des Tuileries, Grand Palais, Paris, France (2012); Making Room: The Space Between Two- and Three- Dimensions, MASS MoCA, USA (2012); Immaterial Extracted, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, USA (2012); Reoriented, Havremagasinet, Boden, Sweden (2012); Friday late: Night of Norouz, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (2012); Paradise Lost, Istanbul Museum of Art, Turkey (2011); Immaterial, Ballroom Marfa, TX, USA (2010); The Dissolve, Site Sante Fe Biennale, Santa Fe, USA (2010); New Frontier Shorts, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA (2010); and RAAD O BARGH, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg, AU (2009); Unveiled, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2009); Land Mine, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2006); Rainbow, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, LB (2005); Greater NY 2005, MOMA/P.S.1 Museum, Long Island, NY (2005); E-Flux Video Rental Catalogue, E-Flux, New York, NY, (2004).
She held a solo booth at Art Basel Statements 2013 and participated in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. In 2012 she published Include Amplified Toilet Water, Artist book, edition of 33, Bartleby and Co. Publishers, Brussels, BE. Her work is a part of permanent collections including the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK and C-Collection, Principality of Liechtenstein.