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Present Absence: Parham Ghalamdar, Joshua Faller, Reece Adair




09 DEC 2021 – 20 Jan 2022

Abingdon Studios is pleased to welcome Parham Ghalamdar to exhibit works across our Project Space and Window Gallery* provision in the heart of Blackpool. As part of the commission, we are pleased to invite Reece Adair and Josh Faller- two painters from Blackpool and recent graduates from BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Manchester School of Arts, to collaborate and be in conversation with Parham Ghalamdar.

Present Absence will see three differing painters sharing and taking up space in search of organizing chaos and absurdity. The three painters have been practicing painting by relying on and expanding on the histories and traditions of different schools of painting. Exhibition curated by Garth Gratrix.

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes ‘absurd’ as a state, where man exists within an irrational and meaningless universe and in which man’s life has no meaning outside of his existence. In such a world, the very act of searching for meaning pushes the curious man into a more unwanted conflict with his universe.

“That is the space where my paintings happen – a restless struggle to find the reason, order – and above all discipline”- Parham Ghalamdar. 

Parham Ghalamdar (b.1994 Tehran, Iran). Currently holding studio space at Oceans Apart Studios in Salford and living and working in Manchester, UK.

Parham’s practice is an attempt to discipline an image. Parham’s overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life.

Parham has been longlisted for John Moores Prize 2019, UK New Artist Of The Year 2021, Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021. He is shortlisted for Gilchrist-Fisher Award 2022 and Emerging Art Scene Prize 2021. He has been a recipient of Innovate Grant quarterly fund 2021 and Art Council of England Project Grant.

*Our Window Gallery is a temporary addition to our programming space and supported in partnership with Blackpool Council Arts Service and Heritage Action Zone.