«Traces of Yesterday » – Solo Exhibition with GOLNAZ FATHI
AB43 CONTEMPORARY is pleased to present new artworks of the iranian artist GOLNAZ FATHI in a solo exhibition. Fathi is one of the most famous artists transforming calligraphy into very modern, contemporary art – she has exhibitions and collectors worldwide.
GOLNAZ FATHI (1972 in Tehran, Iran) is an internationally celebrated artist, who has succeeded in bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary culture as well as between Eastern and Western ways of life. As trained calligrapher she has the ability to skillfully transform language into form and composition.
Having discovered calligraphy while studying graphic design at Tehran’s Azad University. Later on she trained this profession at the Calligraphy Association of Iran for six years. Fathi was the first woman to win an award for Ketabat, a distinct genre of calligraphy. She soon has been tired of the discipline’s rules and regulations, and thus created a new form of expression in her paintings: an imaginary language deeply rooted in Persian tradition while simultaneously hinting at a social renaissance. Her paintings carry traces of meaning that have no known coded alphabet. The strength of her work stems from the drive to express emotions that cannot be pinned down into words - Fathi's works succeed where language fails.
Since 1994 Fathi’s works feature numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. She has been a recipient of the Young Global Leader Award in 2011. Her works are present in well-known collection, such as: Metropolitan Museum, New York; Asian Civilization’s Museum, Singapore; The British Museum, London; Brighton Museum, Brighton; Hove Museum, Hove, Carnegie Mellon University, Doha; Museum of Islamic Art, Malaysia; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi and The Farjam Foundation, Dubai.
«I do not write in my work in the traditional sense of writing to communicate meaning. My works are un-written. They are not composed in any recognisable language. They have to be read with the heart.» (Golnaz Fathi)