Farhad Mahamood was born in The Hague in 1999. Coming from both parents being a native from British-Guyana.

He was quickly influenced and interested in the visual arts, also the idea of '' rough '' working with his hands quickly pleased. In 2012 to 2015 he took various lessons at the Koorenhuis and the KABK, when he was only 12 years old. Here he found out that again: working with his hands, painting, clay and conceptual thinking was what he wanted to carry out further. Also what the building of the KABK looked, smelled and sounded like, at that time for a boy of 12 years old was, as it were, a magnetic force of inspiration, ideas and strength.

In Rotterdam, Farhad started a graphic design course in 2017 and completed it in 2020. During this period of 3 years, he did internships in the House of Representatives and an old church. Many ideas have also emerged and seen in these 2 places. Some topics he is interested in at the moment are solopsism, People’s temple and psychology.

Artistic statement

My work explores the relationship between the tyranny of freedom and copycat violence. With influences as diverse as Anish Kapoor and Huma Bhabha, new synergies are synthesised from both simple and complex structures.

Ever since I was a student I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the universe and body, the human as observer and reality versus made up thoughts. What starts out as contemplation soon becomes manipulated into a dialectic of distress, leaving only a sense of decadence and the inevitability of a new understanding.

As shifting replicas become transformed through frantic and diverse practice, the viewer is left with a hymn to the inaccuracies of our future, past and present.

Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of meaning, reality and thoughts.

Farhad Mahamood was born in The Hague in 1999. (did you check if i did write this down twice?)
eleven year old me in front of a painting I made for the Koorenhuis expo