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Labyrinth

Sanam Saye Afkan - Solo Show

15 days to the ending

26 Nov - 13 Dec, 2021

Labyrinth

Sanam SayehAfkan (B. 1989, Rasht, Iran) looks to art history and contemporary world literature to create stories with imagined, multi-dimensional, and deceptive narratives in her work. In these timeless painting pieces, she presents narratives of vague stories in seductive spaces to the viewer and traps the viewer within the intertwined narratives and endless exploration. The storytelling in these paintings have hidden meanings that create various concepts in the viewers’ minds and create further confusion, thus the lack of integrity prevents the viewer from making any predictions. Sayehafkan is inspired by the storytelling structure of contemporary literature and the stream of consciousness mechanism, and also the works of Kawanabe Kyosai, Theodore Gericault, Kerry James Marshall, and David Salle. Although the viewer of “Labyrinth” has no assurance of the starting point, he embarks on a journey that is much harder to leave than it was to enter. The artist starts the initial plan for each painting with a collection of mental images and pictures from magazines and the news, and those designs transform and change shape during the execution process./// By putting together these images, she breaks the order and discipline of the elements and creates a new harmony and order among these elements and surfaces. Although these works do not present a single and integrated subject, the viewer is still confronted with glimpses of the artist’s thought process. Realism in this collection presents something more than reality, that although created with realism technique constructs unreal situations that put the viewer in an uncanny state between familiar and unfamiliar, that looks increasingly strange the more the viewer engages with it. The starting and finishing points of each story in the paintings are not clear and continue into the labyrinth of the viewer's mind.

In this show

Sanam Saye Afkan, The Death of a Blind Astronomer, 2020, 0
2020 | The Death of a Blind Astronomer

Sanam Saye Afkan

161 × 211cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Only Heard the Reflections of His Own Howls, 2020, 0
2020 | Only Heard the Reflections of His Own Howls

Sanam Saye Afkan

150 × 204.5cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Resting in the Sunlight of a Forgotten Afternoon, 2021, 0
2021 | Resting in the Sunlight of a Forgotten Afternoon

Sanam Saye Afkan

150 × 200cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, The Spherical Ruins, 2021, 0
2021 | The Spherical Ruins

Sanam Saye Afkan

150 × 200cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, The Encounter, 2021, 0
2021 | The Encounter

Sanam Saye Afkan

200 × 150cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, This Season Did Not Come to an End, 2020, 0
2020 | This Season Did Not Come to an End

Sanam Saye Afkan

150 × 200cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Flames , 2020, 0
2020 | Flames

Sanam Saye Afkan

150 × 192cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Silently Filling the Splits in His Body with Something Else, 2021, 0
2021 | Silently Filling the Splits in His Body with Something Else

Sanam Saye Afkan

170 × 120cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Gray Zone, 2021, 0
2021 | Gray Zone

Sanam Saye Afkan

120 × 170cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, The Passage, 2021, 0
2021 | The Passage

Sanam Saye Afkan

145 × 110cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, When Darkness Shrouded Earth, They Were Flying to an Unknown Place, 2021, 0
2021 | When Darkness Shrouded Earth, They Were Flying to an Unknown Place

Sanam Saye Afkan

150 × 100cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Battling the Slippery Shadows , 2020, 0
2020 | Battling the Slippery Shadows

Sanam Saye Afkan

100 × 150cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Falling Asleep in Each other's Embrace, 2021, 0
2021 | Falling Asleep in Each other's Embrace

Sanam Saye Afkan

70 × 100cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, Ancestral Memory , 2021, 0
2021 | Ancestral Memory

Sanam Saye Afkan

70 × 100cm

Sanam Saye Afkan, In the Body , 2021, 0
2021 | In the Body

Sanam Saye Afkan

70 × 100cm

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