Hamed Noori

Hamed Noori (b. 1979) is a multidisciplinary artist from Iran who currently lives and works in Cambridge, MA. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Iran, specializing in traditional Iranian forms and techniques, he moved to Berlin in 2009 and began to study for a master’s degree in “Art in Context” at Berlin University of the Arts. At this point he was inspired to change his artistic practice to focus on moving between media in order to retain creative tension. He expanded his practice from the exploration of applied traditional arts to incorporate sculpture, photography, collage, and video.

As a long-time expat, he is interested in exploring themes of transformation, belonging, displacement, and impermanence to evoke personal stories that are reconfigured into abstract narratives used to explore his identity as a multicultural, immigrant artist.

For the last two years, he has been working on a project investigating geometric patterns common in Islamic art and architecture from the Middle East. This project takes the Western traditions of nature photography and applies a Persian approach to perspective and geometry. This work is an exploration and celebration of the continually shifting relationships between belonging and displacement, personal and collective memories, and conditions of migration and place.

Hamed was recently awarded a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, MASS MoCA’s A4A grant, a Walkaway House Fellowship (North Adams, MA) and he has been selected for the BCA (Boston Center for the Arts) studio residency program.