Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh were invited to the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies in the summer of 2009 to participate in an artist residency to pursue their artistic collaborations in printmaking. Both artists had previously formed their dual collaborative projects on paper - in monoprint and editioned projects - with several print publishers since 2005. Their arrival at Columbia introduced the Neiman Center and its' participating students to partner dynamics in the fabrication of a professional art project. Ghada and Reza opened up their special collaborative relationship to LNCPS's master printer, Megan Foster and student press assistants. The team supported the artists in production in a series of monoprints which developed a new printmaking technique in direct ink transfer using the print media of silkscreen. The body of work crosses a very fine line between printmaking and drawing. Soft akua color and caran d'ache pigments - traditional drawing monoprinting inks and crayons - were mixed with solvents to form a new saturated medium to manipulate and embody shape, line and form. The new medium was dropped through the silkscreen stencil onto the final paper sheets. All the works were built with separate runs, as in traditional printmaking. Each work in the series is unique, thus the description of them as monoprints. An exhibition of this partnered work was shown at the Galeria Filomena Soares, in Lisbon - Portugal, in September 2010.
Ghada Amer grew up in Cairo-Egypt and Reza Farkhondeh in Iran. They both studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris, at different times and met at the Villa Arson EPIAR art school in Nice in 1988 - where they both earned their MFA degrees.
Ghada Amer has had solo exhibitions with: Annina Nosei Gallery, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo – Seville, Spain, Deitch Projects, DE Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Gagosian Gallery - London, NYC, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, MACRO - Rome, Elisabeth A. Sackler Center - Brooklyn Museum (with Reza) and Singapore Tyler Print Institute (with Reza). Her work is in the collections of: Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pomidou - Paris, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC), Paris, Auvergne, Cote d'Azur, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Neuberger Berman Art Collection, Samsung Museum - Seoul among others. Ghada Amer is currently represented by Cheim Read in NYC.
Reza Farkohdeh has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Philippe Rizzo - Paris, La Chapelle Sainte Elizabeth - Villafranche sur Mer, Seoul Korea, Singapore Tyler Institute (with Ghada) and Tina Kim Fine Arts (with Ghada). Group exhibitions at the Stedlijk Museum, Grolier Club - NYC, Rizzo Gallery - Paris, Kansas City Art Institute among others. Reza's work is in the collections of Musee departemental de la Tapisserie, Aubusson-Felletin and residencies at Tyler Print Institute, Pace print workshop and Pole d'Art Graphique Etendu, Villa Arson - Nice.