Out of the Camera: Beyond Photography CHAPTER TWO: HADI FALLAHPISHEH

artwork by Hadi Fallahpisheh, 2020Hadi Fallahpisheh, Saving the Owner, 2020, Unique light drawing on photosensitive paper 43 x 84“ image courtesy the artist (detail)

exhibition icon  EXHIBITION

November 9 – December 10 , 2020
Commons Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Art Building

Programs: In-person events are cancelled for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

November 17, 12:00-1:15 pm: Talk between Hadi Fallahpisheh and Maika Pollack, curator of Out of the Camera: Beyond Photography (Zoom link; Meeting ID: 956 4049 2923; Passcode: 492112). This talk is made possible by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund.

The Commons Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Hadi Fallahpisheh, the second solo exhibition of the yearlong exhibition series Out of the Camera: Beyond Photography.

Hadi Fallahpisheh’s photographic drawings record performances made in the darkroom on large-scale light-sensitive color paper. His line drawings trace the exploits of cats, dogs, mice and the occasional owner: a mouse comforts another mouse; a dog puts out a fire while a drunken cat and mouse play; a dog and his owner drink wine by a campfire. Fallahpisheh writes, “In my work I try to simultaneously put at play both physical conditions and psychoanalytic statements.” The works for this exhibition, It Will Be Ok, Evening in Nature, and Saving the Owner, were made during New York’s COVID-19 shutdowns of spring 2020. Like early twentieth century models for the unconscious mind, which posited that tramatic experiences lay subconscious until brought to light through therapy, the images are based in analog photography’s ability to store a latent image when exposed, which is revealed upon processing. Cartoonishly simple drawings in primary colors, the work models trauma in its use of photography as a medium.

Out of the Camera: Beyond Photography is a year-long series of solo exhibitions in the Art Building Commons Gallery by artists who work primarily as photographers but whose practices extend well beyond traditional definitions of the medium. The artists, including Lucas Blalock, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and Stephanie Syjuco, have been asked to consider what in their work is explicitly un-photographic for this series. The artists will be in residence at the Department of Art & Art History, UHM, to produce their artworks, present public gallery walk-throughs and talks, and to interact with students and visitors. At the culmination of the series of exhibitions, a publication will be produced. The Out of the Camera series is made possible by a generous grant from the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund.

Artist Bio

Hadi Fallahpisheh (b. 1987, Tehran, Iran) works primarily with photography, as well as performance and installation. Fallahpisheh moved from Tehran to New York, 2014, and received an MFA in photography from Bard College, 2016. A graduate of the Creative Practices Program in Photography at the ICP, NY, he has presented work at venues in NY including Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Tramps, SculptureCenter, Simone Subal, Kai Matsumiya, Off Vendome, and Callicoon Fine Arts; in Miami at Central Fine; in LA at Blum & Poe; and in Tehran at TMOCA, Delgosha Gallery, Dastan Gallery and Maryam Harandi Gallery. He is a teaching assistant in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Harvard University, and a recipient of an Artadia Award and a residency at Socrates Sculpture Park, 2019. His solo exhibition BLOW-UPS is currently on view at Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY.

Out of the Camera: Beyond Photography is curated by Maika Pollack for Hawai‘i. Maika Pollack is director and chief curator, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries and assistant professor of curatorial studies and art history, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; supported by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund; Halekulani Hotel– Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

Gallery hours & admission:

Mon. – Thurs. 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed Fridays and Saturdays.

Free admission.

Parking fees may apply during weekdays. Parking is free on Sundays


For more information please contact Sharon Tasaka at 808.956.8364 and gallery@hawaii.edu