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Parham Ghalamdar

Manchester, UK

Parham Ghalamdar is a painter, curator, and researcher who is specialized in oil painting with a background in graffiti and public art.

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Parham’s practice is concerned with ways of disciplining an image by relying on the histories and traditions of painting. His overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life.

He explores painting through a paradoxical trust and mistrust in relation to the aesthetics of Realism and 2D cartoons, and the possible absurdist method of switching between these two codes. During the National Lockdown and inaccessibility to the studio, he has been expanding his paintings into the digital realm by making stop-motion animations by creating montages of drawings edited alongside archival and found footage. In the past few years, he has worked with numerous publicly funded and private institutes.

Parham recently had a solo show at the Workplace Foundation in the North East of England which is an Arts Council England NPO. Ghalamdar was a Castlefield Gallery mentee and the gallery represented his paintings at The Manchester Contemporary Art Fair 2019. He has been working with the People’s History Museum as a member of the Community Programme Team to plan and deliver public events that will explore migration.

In the past few years, he has worked with and/or been commissioned by the Iranian studies program at Stanford University, Manchester School Of Art, Magic of Persia charity foundation (London), Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College (London), Chapel gallery (Ormskirk), Oceans Apart Studios and Gallery (Manchester), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), EU Liberty Programme, ArtReach / Journeys Festival International, Peer To Peer: UK/HK festival, UK New Artists, Atkinson Gallery (Somerset), University Of Salford Art Collection (Salford), Social Convention (London), Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), Emergeast (Dubai) and many more.