Farideh Lashai


Catching the Moon

Farideh Lashai



For its debut issue, ABBookness emphasized on documentation of an artwork’s production procedure. Catching the Moon was based on the studies of Lashai for one of her video works with the same name, depicting a rabbit that attempts to catch the reflection of the moon in the water, Based on a Rumi poem. To have a better mise-en-scene, Lashai illustrated rabbit’s movements and postures by ink on paper for her animation team. Those drawings were the reference to a series of 10 etchings of Catching the Moon. The etchings were accompanied by an original drawing and seven stills from the video in each portfolio in edition of 50.



Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

The British Museum, London, United Kingdom



Toward the ineffable: Farideh Lashai, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015

Eyewitness: Francisco Goya & Farideh Lashai, Ghent Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 2017

The Moon: A Voyage through Time, Aga khan Museum, Toronto, Canada, 2019


Farideh Lashai

Throughout a distinguished career spanning over five decades, Farideh Lashai has always juggled with varying means of expression, without recognizing any frontiers that might confine her to a rigidly defined identity. A graduate of Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna she worked as a crystal designer at Riedel Studios in southern Austria, and then Studio Rosenthal in Selb, Germany. Crystal design became her basis for practicing sculpting later in her career alongside her main discipline of painting. Ever since she has held many solo shows in Iran, Europe and the USA and has been involved in numerous international biennales and collective exhibitions. Her works can be found in major private and public collections such as the collections of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Demenga Public Collection in Basel, Deutsche Bank, Commerz Bank in Germany, Christie’s collection, NY, National Museum of Fine Arts, La Valetta, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Dia Art Foundation, Delhi and Farjam Collection, Dubai.