The artwork entitled Asclepius is installed at the CareXL health care centre, Pretorialaan 111 in Rotterdam.
Special thanks to client Atabey Senyurek and the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie for supporting this project.
design: Siba Sahabi and Merijn Sabée
photography: Max Hart Nibbrig
architecture: Serge Schoemaker
10 October 2022
World premiere of dance project Skiagraphia
Skiagraphia had it’s world premiere at the festival Julidans at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam.
The creative team consists of Siba Sahabi (initiative, concept and stage design), Marinus Groothof (stage direction), Andrés Marín (choreography and dance), Kalin Morrow (choreography and dance), Lotte Leppers, Quincy Otgaar, Dovilė Krutulytė (dance interns), Tom Visser (light design), Anne de Grijff (costumes) and Renger Koning (music).
12 July 2022
In March the production of the short film entitled Alma took place at the former convent Doornburgh. The art film reflects on life, loss and transhumanism.
The two dancers Andrés Marín and Kalin Morrow were directed and filmed by Marinus Groothof who also wrote the script. The project was initiated and produced by Siba Sahabi who also designed several props such as the ‘soul’.
28 February - 3 March 2022
Siba Sahabi is looking for a talented young assistant designer who will join her studio, part-time, October - December 2021.
Based on her research www.moirai.nu she and her assistant will create an art installation for the new health center by CareXL Rotterdam designed by Serge Schoemaker Architects. The project entitled Asclepius is selected by the Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie and is part of the initiative ‘Bouwen aan talent’.
If you are interested in applying, please follow the instructions via this link.
15 Juli 2021
Siba Sahabi is part of exhibition ‘CULTURAL AFFAIRS’ at the GRASSI Museum in Leipzig. With her new work she combines the ‘European’ linear perspective with Middle Eastern arabesque patterns.
Special Exhibition: Cultural Affairs
Tu – Su, Holidays 10am–6pm
The project and presentation are supported by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
10 June - 3 October 2021
First creation phase of Skiagraphia
Artist in residency in Andalucia together with Andrés Marín, Ema Yuasa, Scanner, Marinus Groothof, Dominique Slegers and Antonio Coronel Llamas.
Special thanks to Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Prins Berhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds 21, BNG Cultuurfonds and Fonds Podiumkunsten.
photography: Marinus Groothof
28 April 2021
Production of Monáx for RAUM
RAUM is a cultural center in Utrecht that showcases an exhibition about loneliness. The exhibition entitled Living Apart Together consists of artworks by makers of various disciplines including social design, spoken word, architecture and motion design. In the context of this exhibition Siba Sahabi showcases the audio-visual installation Monáx. Documentary maker Chris Rijksen visited the workshop where the sculptures designed by Siba Sahabi were built. You can find more information about the project here.
30 October 2020
MalsMedia created this short documentary about Siba Sahabi’s project Moirai. Moirai is an interdisciplinary research about how patients experience waiting at the hospital.
The project is generously supported by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.
17 March 2020
Siba Sahabi launches three new series of wearable sculptures at New Metropolis. The cultural center is part of the organisation Pakhuis de Zwijger.
The different projects and the exhibition are supported by Stichting Iona, the Dutch Embassy in Brussels, Stichting Stokroos, RAUM and ICK.
30 September 2020
Siba Sahabi Foundation
Today the documents were signed at the notary's office in order to setup the Siba Sahabi Foundation. The foundation’s goal is the production, development, and promotion of cultural and cross-disciplinary projects that are presented both on stage and at exhibitions to a diverse audience. The board consists of Ernst van Dijk (consultant and trainer) Serge Schoemaker (architect), and Corine Overvest (producer in the cultural sector). The board members were chosen based on their specific skillsets, experience, and love and devotion to the cultural sector.
26 February 2020
Launch of magazine during DDW
Graphic designer Thijs Verbeek has produced a printed publication of the project Moirai. The 64-page magazine titled Tijdschrift (Timewriting, 'كتابات عن الوقت') is trilingual (Dutch, English, and Arabic) and has been printed in a run of 500 copies. It includes various articles written by psychologist Marcelino Lopez, philosopher Laurens Landeweerd, journalist Anita Twaalfhoven, and Siba Sahabi. The publication was launched during the Dutch Design Week together with the Dutch-language podcast De Wachtruimte (The Waiting Room) produced by documentary film-maker Chris Rijksen.
For more information about the project, please visit: www.moirai.nu
19 October 2019
Presentation of research
How do we perceive time? Does the way we perceive time become altered in an environment such as a hospital?
Siba Sahabi presents her ongoing multicultural and interdisciplinary research on this topic at theater of Rotterdam. The event Bring it on! is organized the Stimuleringsfonds. The research entitled Moirai is named after the three Greek goddesses of destiny who symbolize time through the thread of life: Clotho spins it, Lachesis measures it and Atropos cuts the thread.
28 March 2019
Launch of new work Nuffar at the Kazerne
The audiovisual installation expresses the relationship between music and its graphical notation.
Soundscape by Rutger Zuydervelt, coding by Adriaan de Man and engineering by Goof van Beek.
Nuffar is generously supported by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.
20-28 October 2018
New series of wooden masks entitled Persona.
The photo shoot of the project Persona took place in collaboration with: Arjan Benning (photography), Gloria Ama Anim, Lisa Koning and Daniëlle Dijkers (models) and Meltem Sahin (make-up and hair).
4 October 2018
Blue vases entitled Blue Alchemy on show in Italy
The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international non-profit entity that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship. The new exhibition takes place in September as part of the Biennale Architettura on the beautiful island San Giorgio Maggiore. The exhibition presents diverse high-end-craft from the European continent.
14 - 30 September 2018
Lamps entitled Sherazade for Silena
Italian label Silenia stands for elegance, functionality and simplicity. Stylists Luigina Pilloni and Laura Pasqualato added some playfulness to new image campaign. Among others through combining the classy furniture with Siba's hand-crafted vases and lamps.
Release of short film Perspectives
Special thanks to: Luuk van Laake (light animation), Chris Rijksen (camera), Gerben Kruk (editing), Banabila & Machinefabriek (music) and Stimuleringsfonds (kind support).
The project is on show at the Dubai Design Week as part of the ABWAB exhibition.
13 - 18 November 2017
Filmmaker Chris Rijksen documents Siba Sahabi’s project Obscura in Cairo.
The project expresses the interaction between the Middle Eastern and European culture through art and science.
The project is realized with the kind support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo and Stichting Stokroos.
Special thanks to the Contemporary Image Collective and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Egypt.
20 July 2017
Dutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima with Siba Sahabi’s blue vases
The royals were introduced to design made in the Netherlands by Rossana Orlandi and Lidewij Edelkoort.
The state visit at Galleria Rossana Orlandi in Milan was screened on the Dutch news service NOS.
23 June 2017
First price for brochure
The GOLDEN EUROPEAN DESIGN AWARD for the best brochure goes to graphic designer Thijs Verbeek for the booklet entitled 'Siba Sahabi'.
The layered positioning of the paper in the back of the booklet is a reference to the type of craft that Siba uses. This element of creating layers returns in the inside of the booklet.
The 'European Design Awards' are given each year to the best examples of communication design in Europe from participants throughout the continent. The publication is realized with the kind support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.
27 May 2017
Tarab at hospital gallery AMC
The famous art program AMC Kunstcollectie of Amsterdam's largest hospital presents the project Tarab.
Supporting the well-being of its clients the Academic Medical Center established a collection of more than 6000 art works and organizes exhibitions throughout the institution.
30 April - 22 August 2017
Launche of new series of performative light sculptures entitled Perspectives
You are cordially invited to visit the upcoming exhibition at Galleria Rossana Orlandi during the Salone design week. The morphing light animation is developed in collaboration with Digiluce. The project is realized with the kind support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.
4-9 April 2017
Siba Sahabi’s work on show at Artgenève
Artgenève is an art fair which aims to establish an artistic platform at the very forefront of contemporary art, modern art and contemporary design.
The curated exhibition including the project Mudéjar by Siba Sahabi is possible thanks to Roehrs & Boetsch.
4-9 April 2017
Presentation at Wanted Design
The exhibition Ventura New York at Wanted Design in Manhattan has come to an end. An immense thank you to the thousands of visitors that came to visit and of course to the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Creative Industries Fund NL and Organisation in Design that made the presentation possible.
13-16 May 2016
Opening of solo exhibition at Gallery Roehrs & Boetsch
Design journalist Susanna Koeberle, art historian Yasmin Afschar, design curator Burkhard Meltzer and Siba Sahabi discussed her work. The talk pakes place in conjunction with the exhibition Siba Sahabi 2013-2016 at Gallery Roehrs & Boetsch.
2 March 2016
Solo exhibition at artgenève
Geneva hosts once a year an art fair called artgenève. This year the fair presents in total ten solo exhibitions of various artists and designers including Damien Hirst and Siba Sahabi. The solo show of Siba Sahabi was possible thanks to Gallery Roehrs & Boetsch.
28 - 31 January 2016
Filmshoot of Al-Andalus
In September the film shoot of the project Al-Andalus took place with: Arjan Benning (film/photography), Nabila Meknouzi, Sereena Natoewal, Zeynep Gunduz (models), Anne de Grijff (fashion design), Rutger Zuydervelt (music)
and Gerben Kruk (editing).
19 September 2015
Presentation with Letternoon
Market Art+Design launches in July of 2015 the east end's premier modern and contemporary art fair. Market Art+Design showcases top tier art presented by the country's best galleries enhanced by a striking and tightly curated design component pulling from dealers and designers from around the world including Siba Sahabi's felt sculptures via Gallery Letternoon.
09 – 12 July 2015
Siba Sahabi’s vases on show at Art Dubai
Art Dubai is the leading international art fair in the MENASA (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia). Recognised as one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining its intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity. The exhibition by Art Factum Gallery includes works of Spanish painter Alvarez Basso, French/Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui, Lebanese photographer Lamia Joreige, Lebanese/Austrian photographer Tanya Traboulsi and felt vessels by Siba Sahabi.
18 – 21 March 2015
Collaboration with Rosenthal
In her delicate felt pieces, Siba Sahabi merges Orient and Occident to create interior objects that are as original as they are skillful. For renowned porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal, Sahabi has translated her distinctive tabletop accessories into sensuous objects of porcelain art, bridging the gap between individual craftsmanship and industrial design.
The exhibition Transformation is part of the Munich Creative Business Week.
26 February 2015
Exibition at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
The MKG Arts and Crafts Fair sees itself as a forum for the highest quality in the design and execution of art and craft as well as an experimental testing ground for up-and-coming young artists. Siba Sahabi's room divider Mudéjar and felt vases Between Two Rivers are part of the Brinckmann Förderpreis exhibition.
28 November - 7 December 2014
Istanbul Deisgn Biennial
The Biennial The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, is curated by Zoe Ryan. SALON/dantel presents work of artists and designers from The Netherlands which is related in a broader sense to Dantel (Lace), in conjunction with work of Turkish participants selected by Özlem Yalım Özkaraoğlu. The series of sculptures by Siba Sahabi entitled Tarab and the short film Qaina are part of the exhibition.
01 November - 14 December 2014
Exhibition at Art Factum Gallery
This year Art Factum Gallery’s artist selection includes thirteen international and local, established and emerging artists: Leila Alaoui, Asif Ahmed, Joanna Andraous, Mustapha Azeroual, Lamia Joreige, Rhea Karam, Atif Khan, Francois Lamore, Siba Sahabi, Caroline Tabet, Claire Trotignon, Vivian Van Blerke, and George Zouein
5 - 28 November 2014
Thijs Verbeek designs a brochure showing the acrylic sculptures of Siba Sahabi.
Exhibition in Gallery Archea
It is difficult to imagine that the Greek goblet on the right side was created 2550 years before the white paper vase on the left side. Inspired by Antiquity is the title of a new exhibition presented by Archea Ancient Art. Greek, Roman and Egyptian archaeological treasures will be combined with paper and felt objects by Siba Sahabi.
Archea Ancient Art is located in Amsterdam in the heart of the fine art and antiques district Spiegelkwartier close to the famous Rijksmuseum and van Gogh museum.
10 - 12 October 2014
Presentation at UNESCO — CID
The short film Qaina will be screend at the 37th World Congress on Dance Research. The CID congresses are the largest gatherings of dance specialists world-wide for practitioners, choreographers, researchers, and journalists.
5 July 2014
Presentation at Gallery Oode
A new gallery space along one of the most beautiful canals of Amsterdam was the start of a brand new concept called OODE where contemporary design and 'orphaned' art come together.
Initiated and curated by DUTCH DESIGN YEAR in collaboration with STICHTING ONTERFDGOED.
Film shoot for danc project
In May the film shoot of the project Qaina takes place at the Stichting KunstFort Asperen with filmmaker Niels van den Top, photographer Lisa Klappe, cinematographer Paul Damen, designer Siba Sahabi, assistant Stefanie Zweifel, and dancer Sara Toscano. Choreography by Iván Pérez Aviles and music by Rutger Zuydervelt.
16 May 2014
Nomination by MK&G Museum
Among a group of young and talented designers Siba Sahabi is nominated by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe for the Förderpreis 2014. The price will be handed out on the 27th of November at the museum in Hamburg.
Exhibtion at monument Oude Kerk
Siba Sahabi's series of five abstract sculptures Tarab and the short film Qaina are on show at Amsterdam's oldest building the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam as part of SALON/Big Bang.
Since May 2010 SALON/ has provided a unique platform for fashion, design, visual arts, and related disciplines. By presenting the work at various extraordinary locations and creating an inspiring route through the city, SALON/ initiates a new awareness of the impact of the ‘creative community’.
26 June - 28 August 2014
Nox for Pols Potten
Nox is the Greek goddess of the night and the name of a new series of candle sticks by Siba Sahabi for Pols Potten.
The three candle sticks made out of metal are available by in black and koper.
Exhibition at the Aram Gallery
In February 2014 The Aram Gallery opens a new exhibition exploring the uses of two materials in contemporary design; cardboard and paper. Whilst the use of cardboard is frequent and even expected in the prototyping stages of design, it is less commonplace to see finished designs made from it.
This exhibition brings together a selection of designs which are constructed predominantly or solely from cardboard or paper. The scope of products on show describes the potential of these everyday materials when in the hands of these selected and talented practitioners:
Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd, Siba Sahabi, Will Shannon, Pia Wüstenberg, Debbie Wijskamp amongst others.
21 February - 21 April 2014
Lecture on research
As part of the winterSALON/2014 Siba Sahabi gave a lecture about her new project entitled Qaina based on oriental dance. The presentation was combined with live music by Jamil Al Asadi and Andy Kooren and a dance performance by Sara Toscano. The event took place at the beautiful saloon of the 17th century of Amsterdam's second oldest museum Our Lord In The Attic.
6 February 2014
Exhibition at Art Factuem Gallery
On February 5th 2014 the Art Factum Gallery in Beirut debuts the works of the Pakistani artists Asif Ahmed, Atif Khan and Muzzumil Ruheel, combined with vases of the series Between Two Rivers. The show will envelope cultural, illustrations based works and will open up the viewer's eyes to exceptional contemporary art found in Europe and the Middle East.
5 February - 7 March 2014
Presentation during the Dutch Design Week
Sherazade is on show at Strijp T in collaboration with Betul Canbaz as part of the DDW 2013.
19 -27 Oktober 2013
Exhibition at Salone del Mobile
This year, the jubilee exhibiton of Tuttobene specifically aims to encourage designers who manifest an ecological, social or economic vision within their projects. For example, Aliki van der Kruijs visualises climate change due to rain increase, while Siba Sahabi reflects on social structures in the European and Middle Eastern ceramic traditions.
9 -14 April 2013
Flowercastle at Keukenhof
The Castle Keukenhof is located on the charming Keukenhof estate opposite from the famous tulip exhibition with the same name. In collaboration with contemporary artists and designers, the exhibition FLOWERCASTLE offers a platform for reflection on work inspired by craftsmanship and cultural heritage. The series Between Two Rivers is presented in the Porcelain Salon
of the 17th century.
14 March -16 June 2013
Felt vases at Museum Ons Lieve Heer op Solder
The new collection of felt vessels entitled Between Two Rivers is launched during WinterSALON/ 2013. The felt vessels and the short film are presented in the 17th century kitchen of the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder.
SALON is an initiative that creates a crossover experience to inspire and instigate a discussion and dialogue between art, design and fashion. Visitors can experience the creative works of both well-known and emerging artists/designers in different contexts, so creating a dynamic, interactive and social event.
19 Januar -17 February 2013
Design Panel in China
In China in September 2012 designers and curators including Anne de Grijff, Lex Pott, Siba Sahabi, Luca Marchetti and Emanuele Quinz gave lectures in conjunction with the exhibition Basic Instincts.
29 September 2012
Design Festival in GB
For this year's LDF at Mint Lina Kanafani chose a selection of works including Siba Sahabi's candlestick series Istanbul Twilight sharing in common originality, creativity and designers who resort to new concepts and methods in expressing their designs. A Spatial Surprise, as the name suggests, showcases designs that embodies a new and dynamic interpretations and manipulation of space be in a small or a large object.
September 2012 - January 2013
Presentation at OCT Art & Design Gallery
The travelling exhibition Basic Instincts has been opened in China by Timo de Rijk (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Christine Vroom (Premsela), Cees de Graaff (SICA) and Renilde Steeghs (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs' ambassador for cultural cooperation). The exhibition features objects - amongst others Siba Sahabi's tableware sculptures - photographs and scale models created by product designers, photographers and architects. It is cohosted in Shenzhen by Overseas Chinese Town Enterprises Co. (OCT) and the SICA Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities.
September 2012 - January 2013
Celebration of design at Eusebiuskerk
The series Kerameikos and Bucchero are part of the exhibition Basic Instincts by Premsela and Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem alongside work by more than 40 designers, architects and artists. The exhibition interprets contemporary Dutch creative culture and strives to imagine the future through the present.
1 - 31 July 2012
Exhibition at Villa Elisabeth
The multidisciplinary exhibition Basic Instincts arrived in the Villa Elisabeth as an ode to creative crossbreeding. Basic Instincts shows Siba Sahabi's Paperporcelain alongside work of leading Dutch fashion designers, product designers, architects and photographers.
1 to 31 July 2011
Presentation at Saatchi Gallery
The prestigious fair Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London presented 31 of the world’s finest international galleries representing exceptional
work of museum quality from their portfolio of artists including Siba Sahabi's candlestick series Istanbul Twilight via Gallery Sofie Lachaert.
11 - 14 May 2012