Soheila Sokhanvari - Rebel Rebel at The Curve, Barbican Centre
Another #ArtThursday means another exhibition! For this week's feature we checked out the new Soheila Sokhanvari, "Rebel Rebel" show at the Barbican Centre.
Soheila Sokhanvari is a British/Iranian artist, whose multimedia work cultivates a non-uniform practice and her works deal with contemporary political landscape with a focus on pre-revolutionary Iran of 1979.
Saminejad's portrait is the first on show of 28 women depicted by Soheila Sokhanvari who has painted each of theses extraordinary women in jewel-like miniatures.
The miniature paintings employ the traditional technique of egg tempera on calf vellum by grinding colour pigments so in effect they are comparable to modern illuminations. These works are set against epic, hand-painted murals along the 90-metre wall that reference traditional Islamic patterns, designed to dizzy the beholder so that they could contemplate the vastness of the universe and the greatness of God.
Because these women and their creative lives were not always valued, their stories have been difficult to trace. The Barbican curators worked with Soheila, the women who are still alive, and surviving family members, to gather the information offered at the exhibition.