Sanam Khatibi’s work which consists of paintings, embroideries, tapestries, and sculptures deals with animality, and our primal impulses. The core of her practice interrogates our relationship to power struc- tures, specifically the duality between triumph and failure.
Her female portagonists live on their impulses in alluring, exotic landscapes as she questions our rela- tionship with excess, loss of control, bestiality, the male-female dynamics, domination and submission. They are ambiguous with their relationship to power, violence, sensuality and each other. Khatibi instinc- tively highlights the thin line that exists between fear and desire, and how closely they are interrelated. Wildlife and animals are an integral part of her practice, and her subjects are often depicted within the same plane as the flora and fauna.