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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Europe

  • Catalogue Essay

    Samira Alikhanzadeh’s sympathetic portraits of Iranian women provide us with nostalgic vignettes of the lives of past generations, lamenting not only the passage of time, but demonstrating how the women of the past had the freedom to express their femininity, providing a stark contrast with images of present day Iran, where the female form itself is forbidden as an object of portrayal. Alikhanzadeh’s portraits are usually depicted in an array of colours, again pointing to the liberality of physical expression in pre-revolutionary Iran. Furthermore, her images are often superimposed with mirror fragments, whose use not only gives the works a sense of voyeurism, but fragments the perspective of the viewer, affirming Alikhanzadeh’s believe that the images of the past remain figments of our perception, whose true essence is lost in the passage of time.

73

Self-portrait (triptych)

2007
Digital print, oil paint and mirrored glass on three wooden panels in the artist’s wooden frame.
82 x 164 cm. (32 ¼ x 64 ½ in).
Signed in Farsi lower left.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £6,875

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm
London