Artists. Poets. Architects. Dancers. Electricians. Welders. Mother Nature.

The art practice of Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian includes collaboration across multiple disciplines and fields and can take different forms. Always open to new possibilities, the artists invite others to freely contribute and expand the boundaries of their work, allowing it to unfold in unexpected and surprising visual directions.  

Join the artists in conversation with their collaborator, writer Nazli Ghassemi, whose work is included in the current exhibition ‘Parthenogenesis.’ The talk will delve into the nature of collaboration and the origination of new works across their different disciplines. The talk will be moderated by NYUAD’s Chief Curator, Maya Allison. 

This public program is presented as part of the exhibition Parthenogenesis, which is on view until June 12th.


Nazli Ghassemi is a writer and arts journalist. She has collaborated internationally and locally with artists and art projects which have included; curatorial practices, researching proposals, writings, video performance, installation, exhibition reviews, and artist and brochure statements. She has a Master’s degree in Art Journalism from USC and degrees in Museum Studies and Gallery Curating. Her writings have appeared in art publications: Artforum, Hyperallergic, Carnegie International Magazine, Elephant Magazine, and Modern Painters among others. Her novel, Desert Mojito, a humorous take on cultural diversity of the East and the West was published in 2013.

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian are known for their immersive, surreal projects, performances, paintings, and animations. Originally from Iran, the artist trio formed their collaborative practice as early as 1999 in Tehran, and it continued to flourish in the UAE where the artists have been residing in self-imposed exile since 2009. The artists work individually and collectively and often incorporate friends and people from different walks of life into their practice. They often refer to their work as a landscape, where the complex nature of processing integrates in a nested system that forms the landscape of their shows.