In the Studio with Ghada Amer: Collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh
Egyptian-born artist Ghada Amer who lives and works in New York City, has made a name for herself with controversial work of exquisitely embroidered pieces exploring female sexuality. Together in 2008, with Iranian artist Reza Farkhondeh, they produced fine works on paper challenging accustomed cultural and geo-political perceptions.
Since 2001, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh have been expanding their own practices by collaborating with each other, producing mixed-media works on paper full of eroticism and wit. Calling collaboration “a mutant riddle…a type of creation that resists control,” Farkhondeh brings his investigations into the forms and beauty of nature to Amer’s bold, sexually explicit explorations of female sexuality. Though they have worked together, they mostly remain ensconced in their separate studios, passing works back-and-forth, adding their own marks to them. This method results in compositions built from a series of scrim-like layers that simultaneously reveal and conceal images of masturbating and lovemaking women; patterns of flowers, birds, and insects; cartoon characters; Hindu deities; and passages of Arabic script. Such combinations read as a culture clash—between East and West, purity and prurience, decorum and abandon.
based in New York, New York