Shabnam Jahanshahi, July 16 – August 2, 2021
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Shabnam Jahanshahi (b.1984, Tehran, Iran) has a bachelor's and master's degree in painting. In her works, she mainly explores themes related to individuality. She often paints portraits, and the hidden and individual aspects of the features of each person are very important to her because they can show the effects of external conditions such as family, society, and history. The artist's works center around humans and their contradictory and complex emotions. Jahanshahi mainly explores themes such as identity, gender, and contradictory but coexistent emotions, such as pain and comfort, sadness and happiness, etc., which have always been present in her different collections. By putting together these contradictory elements, the artist tries to communicate the concepts she has in her mind.
In the "Entwined" series, Jahanshahi has been inspired by small everyday events and communications, and the works have been done by pencil. Her portraits have inner and outer parts. In some of the works, the artist has drawn a mask of her face; in others, she has displayed her inner self by threading and sewing on fabric and depicting haircuts. The other part of the series consists of portraits of people that the artist has looked at from the outside and seeks to explore and search for their inner selves. Other works in the exhibition are arrangements of ready-made objects; the artist has separated these objects from their original context and had added a metaphorical aspect to them. Jahanshahi seeks to shape a dialogue with her audience by constructing a disturbing and pleasant atmosphere at the same time. The exhibition "Entwined" will be held from July 16 to August 2 at Bavan Gallery.