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SELECTED WORKS BY Soheila Sokhanvari

Moje Sabz

Moje Sabz

Moje Sabz

Moje Sabz

Soheila Sokhanvari
Moje Sabz

2011

Taxidermy, Fibreglass, Jesmonite blob, automobile paint

170 x 230 x 140 cm
Describing herself as a “cultural collage between East and Western philosophy” 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 ‘reality’ 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 “create an open-ended narrative to promote or resist a totalitarian political system”.

Visual metaphors abound in her work that deals implicitly with the Iranian state. The title Moje Sabz speaks to the ‘Green Movement’ uprising of 2009, in which violent protesters’ demonstrations lead to the annulment of a fraudulent election result.

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Soheila Sokhanvari's BIOGRAPHY

Soheila Sokhanvari
Born in Shiraz, Iran
Lives and works in Cambridge, UK


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2015
Boogie Woogie, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

2011
The Storyteller, La Scatola Gallery, London

2006
Out of Sight, St Pauls Church gallery, Kettles Yard, Cambridge

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2016
2nd Peace Biennale Tehran/Istanbul

2015
Jerwood Drawing Prize, London

2014
HEY,I’M MR.POETIC, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridge
Editions, Edge of Arabia, Jeddah, Art week. Saudi Arabia.

2013
Editions, Edge of Arabia, London.
Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum, Strand, London.
“Future can Wait”, “New Sensations and Future Can Wait, London.
Academy Exhibition, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
Tectonic, The Moving Museum, DFC centre, Dubai, UAE

2012
BAD FOR YOU, Shizaru gallery, London
MANMADEGOD, Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery, London
This Is London, Shizaru Gallery, London
Catlin Art Prize, Londonewcastle Project Space, London
Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

2011
exTRAct, GL STRAND Museum, Copenhagen
The Return, House of Nobleman, London
Young Gods, Charlie Smith Gallery, London
Chanel, La Scatola Gallery, London
Who Do You Think We Are? Hanmi Gallery, London
Photo-Media Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
Home and Belonging, Seoul, South Korea

2010
Marmite prize for Painting, Touring exhibition, UK
G20 World Artist Festival , Seoul. South Korea