Ramin + Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian

Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh (both born in Tehran, Iran; both live in Dubai, UAE), and Hesam Rahmanian (born in Knoxville, TN, USA; lives in Dubai, UAE), have been working and living in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2009. The seeds of their language were sown as early as 1999, back in Iran. Their practice offers up a novel redefinition of the collective, as theirs is constantly growing and contracting to incorporate friends, writers, and artists at large. For the past ten years, they have lived through a self-designed discipline, defining strategies of object-making and naming their own terms for their approach.


Ramin & Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Lo’bat is an installation comprised of narrative text, roses, locks of hair, and a jellyfish-like robot that responds to the presence of viewers. Lo’bat is a Farsi word that loosely translates to “puppet,” taken from a poem by the eleventh-century Persian mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam. The installation emerged from…