Art installation

In close collaboration with Serge Schoemaker Architects Siba Sahabi developed the permanent light installation Syndesmos in the canal of Fort van Hoofddorp. The sculptural art work is placed on the pillars of the former bridge. The design highlights the historical connection with the fort island and visualises the site’s dynamic relation with the past and present.
Commissioned by the municipality of Haarlemmermeer and supported by the Province of North Holland. 

10 July 2024



What are the challenges and opportunities of non-verbal communication between an artist and a dancer using sculptures? In Siba Sahabi’s recent research project, she collaborated with the talented performers Miri Lee, Christian Guerematchi, and Dereck Cayla to delve into these questions and find answers through a creative journey.
Photography: Annemarijne Bax
Location support: Serge Schoemaker Architects
This project was made possible by a contribution from the Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie.

8 May 2024


Art installation

How does a future feel and sound where rising water takes over? The installation Pavlopetri at NDSM in Amsterdam addresses the relationship between the Netherlands and sea level.
Visit the audio-visual installation anytime, day or night, all summer long!
Credits: Concept and design: Siba Sahabi 
Music: Rutger Zuydervelt

Presentationpartner: NDSM
Support: Creative Industries Fund NL and Cultuurfonds

25 June 2024



In a captivating blend of contemporary dance, sculpture, and music, Sahabi's latest project, Sommets Froids, takes center stage. This multidisciplinary performance unfolds with two young dancers, gracefully engaging with an abstract landscape composed of three bright blue geometric sculptures.
Inspired by Theo van Doesburg's renowned allegory of a frigid mountain chain at an altitude of three thousand meters, Sommets Froids draws from the idea that this icy terrain serves as the ideal catalyst for creativity.
This mesmerizing dance performance took shape during the artist's residency at the Van Doesburg House in Meudon.
Sculptures: Siba Sahabi • dance: Emma Picard and Lorenzo Finocchi • choreography: Els Reuver • music: Jennifer Elliz Hutt • photography: Jean-Michel Bale • support: Creative Industries Fund NL

28 September 2023


Art installation

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
production: Schaalwerk

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


Short film

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


Open Call

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
Opening Times:
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


Short film

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


Exhibition Daedalus

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


Wearable sculpture on catwalk

Festival FashionClash invited Siba Sahabi to design an outfit for the catwalk.
Photography by Pasarella.

1 November 2019


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.

January 2018


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

New York

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


Siba Sahabi’s portfolio at Tate Modern

Rob Stolk presents his newest publications at the art publishing fair Offprint, including Siba Sahabi's portfolio designed by Thijs Verbeek and with many beautiful photos taken by Arjan Benning, Lisa Klappe and Annemarijne Bax.

20-22 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

The Hamptons

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.

November 2014


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.

May 2014


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.

November 2014


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

The Hague

Development of dance project

Siba Sahabi had been working on her new project Qaina at the Korzo Theatre with choreographer Iván Pérez Aviles, composer Rutger Zuydervelt, and dancer Sara Toscano.
The project Qaina is generously supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

15 April 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.

April 2014


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

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