This exhibition features the work of identical twin Iranian artists Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani in their first solo museum exhibition, opening on November 12, 2021. As interdisciplinary artists and collaborators, their creative practice exists at the intersection of visual art, new media art, and performance. The exhibition highlights their studio work, charting a path from their signature “video-paintings”—video overlays of choreographed movement projected onto figurative oil-on-canvas paintings—to new pieces that reflect the fluidity of their outlook. On view are twelve video-paintings, one oil painting, a site-specific installation incorporating augmented reality, and a short film created expressly for this exhibition that documents the artists’ unique creative process.///
Prose becomes poetry in the video-paintings of Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani (b. 1990), identical twin Iranian visual artists, now living and working in Boston. Their paintings are deeply meditative compositions—simple interiors where natural light and shadow establish the mood—onto which a delicate veil of video breathes life into the scene. You become a part of the unspoken sentience of the moment, while elements of mise-en-scène suggest a preverbal narrative, taking shape while defying form. The Safarani sisters’ creative practice includes performance art, seen in the performative component of the video overlay. Layers of canvas and motion set the stage for the choreography of their contemplative musings.