CV

Education                           

§  2017, PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentration in Continental Philosophy and Visual Art), Program start date, 2014, University of British Columbia

§  2012, MFA in Visual Arts, University of British Columbia,

§  2007, BFA in Photography, Art and Architecture Faculty, Azad University of Central Tehran

Research Area

My Interdisciplinary research operates at the intersection of visual Art and philosophy. In particular, my research focuses on the dialectical relationships between critical theory, aesthetics, and politics of Subjectivization. As the outcome of this ongoing research, I can address the achievement of my PhD candidacy in Philosophy and Visual Arts, developing the philosophical concept of Thought-Activism, and also the fulfillment of my Master of Fine Arts thesis: Politics of Subjectivization, focusing on the relationships between the concept of Event developed by Alain Badiou, and the formation of a new type of art capable of engendering new modes of politics and subjects (Situational subject) that co-identify each other.

My visual art practice spans from site-specific ephemeral installations to sculpture, photo and video based works. Consisting of representational images, composite objects and text projections that propose certain ways of approaching particular conceptual dualities, my work is constituted through addressing the problems of “presentation” and “representation”, “monsteration” and “demonstration”, and, finally, the relationship between aesthetics and contingent forms of abstractions that are not necessarily reducible to the conventional artistic determination, within politically charged situations.

My field of specialization in philosophy ranges from French critical theory, ontological analysis of language, and philosophy of existentialism, with expertise in philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Alain Badiou.  My philosophical activities also involve both writing and translating literatures (into Farsi), mostly in continental philosophy, aesthetics and politics, from which I can address my translation of Alain Badiou’s books Metapolitics and In Praise of Love into Farsi.

In addition to my interdisciplinary scholarly practice, I have been extensively involved in teaching courses and holding workshops both in Visual Arts and Philosophy, in Canada (University of British Columbia), and in Iran (Azad University of Tehran, and in a diverse art venues). During my graduate studies at UBC, and aside from the expansive range of grad courses I undertook, I also had the chance of taking the grad seminar “EDST 532” (Educational Leadership) focusing training professional teachers. I graduated from the course with an A+.


 

Exhibitions and Artistic Practices

Solo Exhibition

§  2016, “This, too, is not [ ].”, Lajevardi Foundation & The New Media Society, Tehran Iran

§  2014, “Diciptrol”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran Iran

§  2012, “Warning Use By Other Than Registered Owner Prohibited By Law”, AMS Art Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2012, “Here There Nowhere, Flaccid Means Without End”, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2010, “The Uncertainty”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran Iran

§  2007, “Off the Record”, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran Iran

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

§  2015, “Intervals, FWAR”, Ferndale Washington

§  2013, “Ten Thousand Suns, Satellite Gallery”, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2013, “Encyclonospace Iranica”, Access Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2013, “MONOMANIA”, Trench Contemporary Art gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2013, “Hold Them Up in Good Light”, Access Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2013, “Warning Use by Other than Registered Owner Prohibited by Law”, “dadabasenyc.com: Permanent Web-based Visual Arts exhibition”

§  2012, “Hail to the destroyers”, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2011, “Where Nothing is in its Place Lies Disorder”, Koerner Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2011, “Picturing Intuition”, AMS Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2008, “Fanoosphoto”, Permanent Web-based Visual Art Exhibition, Tehran Iran

§  2007, “Art Directory of the Middle East”, web-based Visual Art Exhibition, Dubai UAE

§  2007, “The 4th Iranian Festival of Marine Photos”, Public Relations Gallery, Tehran Iran

§  2007, “The 2nd Fanoos Film & Slideshow Festival”: The short film named The Encyclopedia Of Shabdolazimica was appreciated in Creative Works section, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran Iran

§  2006, “Image of the Year”, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran Iran

§  2006, “The 2nd Annual Golestan Photography Festival”, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran Iran

 

Publication

Book

§  2017, “In Praise of Love”, Alain Badiou, Trans. Ali Ahadi, Herfeh Nivesandeh Press, Tehran (Translation into Farsi)

§  2014, “Metapolitics”, Alain Badiou, Trans. Ali Ahadi, Herfeh Nevisandeh Press, Tehran - (Translation into Farsi)

 

Essays, Catalogues and Journals

§  2017, “Metaphoric approach to a metonymic displacement”, Ali Ahadi, Photography Magazine, Tehran – (Essay) 

§  2014, “Membering and Remembering: collectivity and the question of meaning”, Ali Ahadi, Babak Golkar’s Exhibition ‘Dialectic of Failure’, West Vancouver Museum Publication, Vancouver British Columbia – (Essay for the Exhibition Book)

§  2014, “Three Metamorphosis of Spirit in Reverse: On Control and Semantic Institutions”, Ali Ahadi, Payam Mofidi’s Exhibition ‘Cohesive Disorder’, Asar Art Gallery Publication, Tehran Iran – (Essay for the Exhibition Book) 

§  2011, “Talk”, Iranian Journal of Visual Arts, Self Portrait Special Issue, Issue.3, Tehran

§  2011, “VASA Newsletter”, AHVA Press, Issue. 2, p. 12-14, Vancouver British Columbia- (Interview)

 

§  2007, “The 4th Iranian Festival of Marine Photos”, Exhibition Book: Two photographs and an exhibition essay published, Ports & Maritime, p. 73-74, Tehran – (Book Anthologies)

§  2006, “The 2nd Annual Golestan Award”, Exhibition Book: One photograph and an exhibition essay published, Silver Sculpture, p. 14-15, Tehran – (Book Anthologies)
 

 

 

 

Recent Awards and Recognitions

§  2016, “Faculty of Graduate Studies Award”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2015, “Artist in residence at Ferndale Writer & Artist Residency”, FWAR, Ferndale Washington

§  2015, “Faculty of Graduate Studies Award”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2014, “Faculty of Graduate Studies Award”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2014, Art and Science Award, Concordia University, Montreal Quebec

§  2013, Nominated for the 2014 Canada Council International Artist Residency, La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris

§  2012, AMS Gallery’s Annual Artist Residency, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2011, “Elsie and Audrey Jang Scholarship in Cultural Diversity”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2011, “Faculty of Arts Graduate Award”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2010, “Faculty of Arts Graduate Award”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2010, “Roloff Beny Foundation Scholarship”, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

§  2009, “Art Directory of Middle East - Photography Prize”, Art East, Dubai UAE

§  2007, “The 4th Iranian Festival of Marine Photos”, Public Relations & International Affairs of Ports & Shipping Organization, Tehran Iran

§  2006, “The 2nd Annual Golestan Award”, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran Iran

 

Conferences, Curatorial, and other Public Practices

§  2017, Member of the Board of Directors at Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery.

§  2016, “This, too, is not [ ].”, Artist Talk, The Lajevardi Art Foundation, Tehran, Iran

§  2016, “Also not a pipe, Ali Ahadi.”, Artist Talk, University of British Columbia

§  2015, “What’s the good of this?”, Artist Talk, University of British Columbia

§  2014, “Incredible Machines: Digitality and the Modern System of Knowledge at the Threshold of the 21st Century”, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2013, “Guest member of the curatorial and the exhibition selection committee”, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

§  2011, “No Rules: Negotiating Art and Deregulation”, Art & Education Symposium, Cooper Union, New York USA

 

Critical Reviews and Essays on my Works
 

§  2013, Kevin Griffin, “Encyclonospace Iranica: Say Goodbye to the White Cube”, The Vancouver Sun, http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2013/09/29/encyclonospace-iranica-say-goodbye-to-the-white-cube/

§  2012, Cayley Malo, “Ali Ahadi, Here There Nowhere, Flaccid Means Without End”, Decoy Magazine, Vancouver British Columbia, http://decoymagazine.ca/here-there-nowhere-flaccid-means-without-end-2/

§  2012, Mohammad Salemy, “Language and the Eventuality of the Avant-garde”, Hail to the Destroyers, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, p. 3-5

§  2012, Mohammad Salemy, “Cyclical Rejection & Viral Transformation A literal reading of Ali Ahadi’s recent work Warning Use by Other than Registered owner Prohibited by Law”, http://dadabasenyc.com/projects/warning-use-by-other-than-registered-owner-prohibited-by-law/
 

§  2012, Ahmad Tabrizi, “On Here There Nowhere, Flaccid Means Without End”, Grunt Gallery Journal, Vancouver

 

Teaching Experiences

As Instructor

§  2016, “Instructor”, VISA 210, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II – one session)

Course description: Examination of current art practices and issues related to digital technologies and contemporary culture. (Specific topic: examination of contemporary Image theory, and the relation between Technology and Freedom)

§  2013, “Instructor”, Intermediate Studio II, Azad University of Tehran (3 Credits, Summer Term II)

Course description:  Object as process, Examining the possible relations between object oriented art practices and philosophy, and process art.

§  2013, “Instructor”, Contemporary Photography, Azad University of Tehran (3 Credits, Summer Term I)

Course description: Study of current art practices related to or inspired by contemporary digital culture and image production.

§  2013, “Instructor”, VISA 210, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II – one session)

Course description: Examination of current art practices and issues related to digital technologies and contemporary culture. (Specific topic: reflecting Surrealism and Situationist Internationals into digital art)

§  2011, “Instructor”, VISA 340, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term I – one session)
Course descriptions:  An investigation of approaches to photography and its meaning in the context of contemporary art.

 

As Teaching Assistant

§  2016, Teaching Assistant, VISA 183, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II)
Course descriptions: Introduction to contemporary art practices and approaches, emphasizing the relationship of content to media. (Specific topic: Materials and Meanings)

§  2015, Teaching Assistant, VISA 183, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II)
Course descriptions: Introduction to contemporary art practices and approaches, emphasizing the relationship of content to media. (Specific topic: Materials and Meanings)

§  2014, Teaching Assistant, VISA 183, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term I)
Course descriptions: Introduction to contemporary art practices and approaches, emphasizing the relationship of content to media. (Specific topic: Materials and Meanings)

§  2013, Teaching Assistant, VISA 210, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II)
Course descriptions: Examination of current art practices and issues related to digital technologies and contemporary culture. (Specific topic: what is an image? and Hyper-reality)

§  2012, Teaching Assistant, VISA 183, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term I)
Course descriptions: Introduction to contemporary art practices and approaches, emphasizing the relationship of content to media. (Specific topic: Process Art)

§  2012, Teaching Assistant, VISA 210, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II)
Course descriptions: Examination of current art practices and issues related to digital technologies and contemporary culture. (Specific topic: reflecting Surrealism and Situationist Internationals into digital art)

§  2011-2012, Teaching Assistant, VISA 110, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term I)

§  2011, Teaching Assistant, VISA 110, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term II)

§  2010, Teaching Assistant, VISA 110, University of British Columbia (3 Credits, Term I)
Course descriptions: Foundation level instruction in basic computer skills, image manipulation and digital media -The nature and role of digital media in contemporary culture, with special emphasis on applications in visual art.

§  2006-2007, Teaching Assistant, Documentary Photography course 370, Art and Architecture Faculty, Azad University of Central Tehran (6 Credits, Term I)
Course description: An investigation of approaches to Documentary photography and its relation in the context of contemporary art

§  2005-2007, Teaching Assistant, History of Modern Art, Art and Architecture Faculty, Azad University of Central Tehran (3 Credits, Term II)