Noorderlicht presents a solo exhibition by the Iranian visual artist Rahi Rezvani (1978). Rezvani combines his talents as a filmmaker and photographer in long-term collaborations with artists, collectives and companies in the world of music, theater and fashion. During this exhibition the emphasis is mainly on his work for the music industry.
As Corbijn is inextricably linked to U2, Rezvani is with Editors. After photographing the British band at the Utrecht pop temple TivoliVredenburg in 2014, he got a free hand for all their photography, videos and artwork. Rezvani’s design for Editors album Violence was nominated at the Art Vinyl Awards 2018 in the ‘best album cover’ category. We also show the artwork and the short film ‘A Prehension’, made for the Dutch composer and pianist Joep Beving and you can see shoots that Rezvani made of Wende, Anohni and Halina Reijn.
Rezvani is a gifted narrator who speaks in powerful images. He works without compromise, authenticity is for him many times more important than popularity. From his background as an artist, he uses the camera as a sort of airbrush. Craftsmanship is an emphatic part of his work: with lighting and technical expertise he comes to his magical compositions, printed on heavy, matte photo paper. “I do not believe in photography without printing,” says Rezvani.
Rahi Rezvani was born in Teheran and started training as a painter and graphic designer at a very young age. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in the arts at the art academy of Tehran. In 1998, Rezvani was forced to head over to the Netherlands, due to a photo he had made as a press photographer. In 2008 he obtained a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and since then he has worked as an independent artist in the music and theater world, but also for artists such as Atelier Versace and Gucci.