Pedram Baldari is a Kurdish-Iranian born sculptor, architect, and interdisciplinary artist working in installation, site specific, performance art, social practice, and sculpture. Pedram is based in between Minneapolis and Dallas. He has been featured in numerous national and international solo and group art exhibitions since 2010 such as Victoria and Albert museum in London (2012), Documenta 13th Video Import-Export program at Video Nomad in Tokyo (2015), Art Basel in Switzerland (2014), and shown work across the U.S in museums and galleries – most recently at the Walker Art Museum. He has been selected to art residencies internationally and has had group art exhibitions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Turkey, and The U.S. He currently works as an assistant professor at the University of North Texas in studio arts. While at MacDowell worked on furthering his project "Variations of Sounds, Traveling Between a Barrel and a Heart,” which is focused on performance-based art works that emerge from his process of turning decommissioned rifles and fire arms by police into musical instruments. Also He will be focusing on another project to create landmarks across his native homeland on different sides of political borders that have separated his people into four different countries.
Portrait by Seth Dahlseid