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David Batchelor

1 May 2016

Pejman Foundation: Café Musée Project in collaboration with Ab-Anbar presents a talk by British artist David Batchelor and a conversation with independent curator Leyla Fakhr.


David Batchelor is an artist and writer based in London. He was born in 1955 in Dundee, Scotland. He studied Fine Arts at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1975-78) and Cultural Theory at Birmingham University (1978-80). Batchelor’s work comprises three-dimensional structures, photographs, paintings and drawings, and it mostly relates to a long-term interest in color and urbanism. He has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, and the Americas. Recent exhibitions include Flatlands, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh/Spike Island, Bristol (2013/14); Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009); Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2005); the Biennial de Santiago, Chile (2005); Shiny Dirty, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004); the 26th Bienal De São Paulo (2004); Sodium and Asphalt, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); and Days Like These: Tate Britain Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London (2003).
In January 2015, Batchelor presented Monochrome Archive 1997-2015, a large-scale installation at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, as a part of their exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015. Chromophobia, Batchelor’s book on color and the fear of color in the West, was published by Reaktion Books, London, in 2000 and is now available in eight languages. His new book on color, The Luminous and the Grey, was also published by Reaktion Books in February 2014. Colour (2008), an anthology of writings on color from 1850 to the present, edited by Batchelor, is published by Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. His book of photographs, Found Monochromes: vol.1, nos.1- 250 (2010), is published by Ridinghouse, London, and a new volume of drawings, The October Colouring-In Book is published by Common-Editions, London.

Leyla Fakhr (born 1979, Isfahan) works as an independent curator and producer. She is the founder and director of Art Square Projects, an agency that develops contemporary art projects with special focus on Public Art. She recently produced ‘Monir’, a documentary directed by Bahman Kiarostami on life and work on the artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Previously she worked for eight years at Tate, London where she contributed to the acquisitions of British art as well as art from the Middle Eastern and North Africa. She curated a number of collection displays at Tate and was one of the curators of the exhibition ‘Migrations: Journeys into British Art’, Tate Britain (January -June 2012). She was curator at Green Cardamom (2006-2009), where she worked on numerous exhibitions with artists predominantly from South Asia and the Middle East. She received her MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmith University (2006). In 2009, she was the recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize with the artist Nazgol Ansarinia and in 2006, she was awarded the International Curators Invitational from Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris.