About Me

Asefeh Tayebani

Asefeh Tayebani works are often about heavy subjects that are difficult to talk about. She dissects these subjects delicately and tries to approach them with critical tactile sensibility. Fascinated by details, Asefeh enjoys laborious work of making detail oriented objects that require lots of time and repetition. In her methodology she aims to make a bridge between jewelry as something aesthetic, and jewelry as a tool to carry a message beyond a decorative element. She introduces materials as metaphors and objects as symbols, so that they can serve as placeholders for the unspeakable and the invisible. What all her works have in common is focus on the communication of experiences and she is generally curious to see how people share their personal experiences and how they communicate their needs to one another. To her, creating is part of a healing and reparative process.
Within her discipline, she tries to make the invisible visible, make the inaccessible accessible and represent what is too often underrepresented. .

October 2022 — Dutch Design week, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
October 2021 — AbsurdBeings on lines, Studio Spijkerkade, Amsterdam
July 2021 — Summer work, Collaboration with Rosita Kær, Johanna Ehde and Elisabeth Rafstedt, bologna.cc, Amstedam
December 2019-December 2020 — Precious Burden, Mediamatic, Amsterdam
December 2019 — But you don’t look autistic, opening night and lecture, Mediamatic, Amsterdam
October 2019 — Ornamental Rest, Collaboration with Rosita Kær, Laurel project space, Amsterdam
July 2019 — “Hold my hair, Louise”, Collaboration with Rosita Kær, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
May 2019 — Half Cunabula, Collaboration with Rosita Kær, Amsterdam
July 2018 — Precious burden, Graduation show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
February 2018 — Butzkebad, collaboration work with designlab students, Schaufenster, Berlin
May 2017 — Rietveld at KunstRai, KunstRai, Amsterdam
March 2017 — Uncut, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
December 2016 — Cooking the kitchen, , Mediamatic, Amsterdam
June 2016 — What design can do for violence, , Muziekgebouw aan‘t IJ, Amsterdam
April 2016 — Uncut, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

Lectures and presentations:
May 2022 — Presentation in collaboration with Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten at Berg en Bosch College Bilthoven, Bilthoven
May 2021 — Presentation in collaboration with Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten at Stichting Brilliant Future Kids, Amsterdam
December 2019 — But you don't look autistic, Lecture in collaboration with Anna de Hooge, Mediamatic(Supported by Stimuleringsfonds)

Awards and grants:
2023 — Design project grant by Stimuleringsfonds.
2023 — Project grant by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.
2020-2021 — Talent development program grant by Stimuleringsfonds.
2019 — But you don't look autistic, research grant by Stimuleringsfonds.
2017 — Prize design for Culturele Prijs Noord-Holland. Commissioned by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Works featured or published:
April 2021 — Precious Burden featured in Unbore collective
December 2020 — Precious Burden featured in Dutch Designer Yearly book of 2020
July 2020 — Precious Burden featured in Unlocked/Reconnected

April 2017-July 2017 — Studio drift, Amsterdam

2013-2018 — Bachelor of Art and Design, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
2012-2013 — Preparatory course, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
2009-2011 — Interior Design, TAFE college, Tehran branch.