Xerxes Art, London: October 7 to November 30
We Won't Kill You
2008, Fabric, Painted Wood, Wire, Monofilament
Simeen Farhat is an internationally renowned artist and academic. She challenges popular perceptions in the West through her multi media works.
Farhat's text sculptures are used aesthetically as well as philosophically. Her layered and condensed texts use the amenable forms of the Arabic script as cluster formations, eliciting their linguistic power through an amalgam of visual energy and through allegorical references to Persian and Urdu poetry.
By pairing female forms with poetic text in her installations, Farhat strives to show a nexus between mind and soul. For Farhat a mind is free to think and a soul is free to exist, whether with or without the coverings of an outer garment. By pairing the text with the ethereal figures, Farhat encourages not only a monologue between mind and body, but also a dialogue with the audience. She seeks to examine how her installations are perceived by audiences from different cultures. And through that process she poses queries -- Do the life-size, veiled figures represent the ideals of modesty and purity? Do they demonstrate that women have the right to think and speak freely? Do these mysterious, faceless figures threaten or confuse non-Moslems or Occidentals? Do those unfamiliar with the veil worry that the wearers will attack them? Is the Occidental threatened by the veil?
Xerxes was the first gallery in Europe to focus on contemporary visual arts from Iran and from the World of Islam, and remains the largest gallery outside of the Middle East to have a particular focus on the contemporary art of Iran. Xerxes represents a noted roster of artists, works mainly in the primary market and concentrates on solo exhibitions by both established and emerging artists. In addition, Xerxes offers art advisory and curatorial services to private, corporate and institutional collections and collectors.
Xerxes' mission is primarily cultural, as opposed to purely commercial, and as such the gallery can use the entirety of its proceeds and funds to promote the contemporary visual arts of Iran and of the world of Islam in various international fora.
52 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4RP
t. +(44) (20) 7839-3033
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 -- 18:00-20:00
Exhibition Viewing Hours:
October 7 to October 17 - Tuesdays through Fridays - 11:00 -18:00
October 17 to November 30 - By Appointment
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