Rene Gabri was born in Tehran and now lives in New York. He is interested in the complex mechanisms which constitute the world around us. His works employ a wide array of means, often loitering at the thresholds of cultural practice, social thought and politics. Although his works have been shown internationally, his inhibited or unfinished projects far outnumber his exhibited ones. Together with Erin McGonigle and Heimo Lattner, Gabri has worked as e-Xplo, a collective, which has developed a vast group of largely public works engaging specific sites stretching from the mountain tops of Colorado to the shores of Sharjah. He organizes a yearly 10 week seminar on a topic of his choosing at the University of Architecture in Venice (IUAV).
Ayreen Anastas' and Rene Gabri's collaborative projects have evolved a great deal through their work at 16Beaver. Their Radioactive Discussion series was a physical counterpart to their fictional Homeland Security Cultural Bureau project. The artists had a solo exhibition entitled 'eine welt ein thema ein korn ein zeichen ein lied ein spaziergang ein lächeln eine wand eine notiz ein datum eine karte eine und eine frage' at Kunstverein Arnsberg (2011). Other collaborations include: Camp Campaign, Artist talk, Radio Active, United We Stand, What Everybody Knows, Eden Resonating, 7X77, Case Sensitive America and more.
16Beaver is the address of a space initiated/run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic/cultural/economic/political projects. It is the point of many departures/arrivals. Their latest project was their participation in dOCUMENTA13 with AND,AND,AND. During the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13), AND AND AND hosted and organized an open and experimental public program with artists, activists, farmers, students, thinkers, residents, and visitors from Kassel and beyond. This program interwove philosophical, poetical, political, practical, pedagogical, psychical, and physical zones of inquiry in one space/time. It was grounded in a conviction that, today, all fields of human activity must critically re-examine the values, assumptions, and modalities of doing.
Rene Gabri at the DAI:
Publishing Class III - How to Live Together
Roaming Academy / goes New York