Taxidermy, Fibreglass, Jesmonite blob, automobile paint
170 x 230 x 140 cm
Describing herself as a âcultural collage between East and Western philosophyâ the work of Iranian-born artist Sohelia Sokhanvari shuttles between political
commentary and symbolic totem. Her taxidermied sculptures appeal to the literary genre of magic realism, in which ârealityâ is punctured with fantastical events, revealing meanings more profound that naturalism could hope to do. Sokhanvari points to the use of the form as a method by which artists have been able to âcreate an open-ended narrative to promote or resist a totalitarian political systemâ.
Visual metaphors abound in her work that deals implicitly with the Iranian state. The title Moje Sabz speaks to the âGreen Movementâ uprising of 2009, in which violent protestersâ demonstrations lead to the annulment of a fraudulent election result.
Â© Natasha Hoare, 2015