Evading formal classifications, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad draws on design, architecture, ethnography and image-making in his practice.
Since 2009 Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad has been working closely with collaborators across disciplines and scales in a studio practice that spans the domestic and public realm – producing work ranging from neighbourhood plans and public spaces to recipes, games, images and objects.
Hashemi-Nezhad has conducted lectures and workshops internationally and has exhibited as part of the Serpentine Galleries, The Showroom, Liverpool Biennial, Nottingham Contemporary, Shanghai Art and Design Biennale, Tokyo Design Week, MACBA Barcelona and LCCA Riga amongst others. He is the recipient of a number of international awards, collaborative research grants, fellowships, and is part of Theatrum Mundi/Global Street, an international research project from London School of Economics which brings architects, designers and artists together to re-imagine public space.
Hashemi-Nezhad regularly lectures at the Royal College of Art in London, where he graduated in 2008.
The Royal College of Art has been collaborating with the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts for three consecutive years since 2018. In November 2020, as part of SAFA’s annual ‘study abroad’ course, the RCA ran two workshops in Design Innovation and Practice-Led Research. These took an entirely new format, with the RCA’s academics delivering workshops online from London to participants gathered in-person at the academy in Shanghai.
Participatory Design Methodologies
Unbox Image Gallery, AHRC collaborative research grant, 2015
Hyson Green Workshop Units, Arts Council England, 2015
Near Now, Arts Council England & Innovate UK, 2015
The Urban Craftsmen, Artists’ International Development Fund, Arts Council England, 2014
Mapping Mapusa Market, AHRC collaborative research grant, 2013
Seamless (Sarai, Delhi), Asialink research grant, 2012
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
The City Questions, Nottingham Contemporary, 2016
Trans—Design, Shanghai Biennial, 2016
Hyson Green Workshops, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2016
Soleil Jaune, La Poste HQ, Paris, 2015'
Lecture - 'Craft Thinking', Osaka Municipal College of Design, Japan, 2015
Artist’s Talk - Serpentine Gallery, London, 2014
Stand by, Milan Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2014
Camden Highline, London Design Festival, 2014
Survival Kit, LCCA, Riga, 2013
Possibility Forum, Serpentine Gallery, 2013
Futurist Library, Liverpool Biennial, 2013
UnBox Festival Delhi, British Council, AHRC, 2013
Grand Domestic Revolution Casco, The Showroom Gallery, 2012
Zootopia, London Design Festival, Festival of Architecture, London, 2012
Communal Knowledge, The Showroom Gallery, 2012
On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2012
Seamless, India Art Sumit, Delhi, 2012
In Other Words, Sarai, Delhi, 2012
Opaque/Platform, Design Tide, Tokyo, 2011
Speak Out, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2011
Anatomy of a Street, London Festival of Architecture, London, 2010
Orderly Conduct, Format Photography Festival, Derby, 2010
Auto-Progettazione Revisited, Architecture Association, London, 2009
- Westminster Council
- Nottingham City Homes
- Victoria & Albert Museum
- Tokyo City Office
- Sutton Council
- University of the Arts, London
- Serpentine Galleries
- Nottingham Contemporary