Soheila Sokhanvari

Selected works by Soheila Sokhanvari

Soheila Sokhanvari
Moje Sabz


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


Jerwood Project space, London
Solo Show at walsall Museum, UK.

Crossroads Art Fair – The old Truman Brewery, East London

Boogie Woogie, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

The Storyteller, La Scatola Gallery, London

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


FOCUS Festival Mumbai, India – Photoworks
“Peace on Paper” – Contemporary Art Biennale Iran
Canakkale Art Walk, Osnabruck, Germany, Group Show
Royal Academy Summer Show, London, UK, Group show
“ I AM” a 30 female art exhibition that will premiere at Jordan, London and the USA
Jordan’s National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.
St Martin’s In The Field, London (in connection with the Shubbak Festival)

Abadan Contemporary Art Museum. Isfahan. Curated by Majid Abbasi-Farahani.
“Peace on Paper” – Abadan Contemporary Art Museum. Abadan, Iran.
Watou Art Festival, Watou Belgium
London Art Fair – Business Design Centre, London
Champagne Life – Saatchi Gallery, London

Jerwood Drawing Prize, London

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

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

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

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

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