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Nairy Baghramian

Scruff of the Neck

  • MaterialCast and polished aluminium, polished aluminium rods, plaster, beeswax, and rubber
  • On viewBasement floor
  • CopyrightNairy Baghramian, Scruff of the neck, 2016
    © Nairy Baghramian. Photo: Timo Ohler

More about the artwork

In her works artist Nairy Baghramian, who was born in Isfahan, Iran and lives in Berlin, addresses thecomplex relationship between architecture, object, and the human body, exploring the political potential that can lie in sculptural forms. In her sculpture “Scruff of the Neck,” bulbous tooth-like forms made of white plaster, partially covered with beeswax, are attached to unevenly shaped sheets and rods of aluminum. In its form and materiality, the abstract sculpture is reminiscent of oversized dentures. Yet with its bridges, braces, and retainers, “Scruff of the Neck” marks not so much the human oral cavity as the museum itself as unstable and in need of correction: the sculpture docksonto the walls of the exhibition space and alludes to the institutional and architectural conditions under which (sculptural) bodies are housed, presented, and choreographed.

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