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.
Born in Shiraz, Iran
Lives and works in Cambridge, UK
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
2016 2nd Peace Biennale Tehran/Istanbul
2015 Jerwood Drawing Prize, London
2014 HEY,IâM 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.
âFuture can Waitâ, âNew 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