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Farngis Shahrokhi

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2011-12
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I am a British Iranian visual artist based in Hertfordshire. My work has been shown widely. Two of my shows were major solo exhibitions called Mass Hollow at 198 Gallery (November 2004 / January 2005) and a group show at the Gallery of Modern Art, (Glasgow, April- September 2003) called Sanctuary: Contemporary Art & Human Rights.

I started my artistic ambitions in Iran a couple years after the 1978 revolution. I arrived in the UK in 1985 as a political asylum seeker. My practice developed through a concern to explore cultural/political agendas, employing performance in relation to installation and photography. I am exploring a wide range of media processes as well as sculpture and time based imagery. I work with abstract representations of the human body to communicate both literally and metaphorically, using domestic objects such as safety pins, spoons, cloth, rose blossoms, and hair. My aim is to challenge preconceptions, and to raise questions about dehumanization, such as human alienation and oppression of women. While my artistic expression comes from deeply personal places and influenced by my background, it is also concerned with more universal issues around the contemporary human condition. In my art work I am interested in showing the state of emotion, sensation, and phenomenon inflicted on humans by contemporary violations.

I displace, distort and rearrange domestic objects from their usual context in order to give them a new identity. Displacing and distorting domestic objects from their 'normal' context serves to raise questions about the function, meaning and value of objects as well as extensions of human beings in our society. This metaphor enables me to raise questions on our preconceptions.

In most of my installations I invite the spectator not to simply look at installation but to participate in it. I intend the spectator become part of the installation and the installation to become part of the spectator. Engaging the audience in my work is a vital factor in my work. The spectators are usually the more submissive part of an exhibition or show. The spectators would be inspired and challenged from a piece of work by playing an active role in a part of it. I seek to manipulate and blur the boundaries between the 'artist and the audience'. I like to explore the performances of making artifacts by the 'artist and the audience' alongside each other and explore the ways of engaging audience to become part of an active role in making a piece of art

I am a British Iranian visual artist based in Hertfordshire. My work has been shown widely. Two of my shows were major solo exhibitions called Mass Hollow at 198 Gallery (November 2004 / January 2005) and a group show at the Gallery of Modern Art, (Glasgow, April- September 2003) called Sanctuary: Contemporary Art & Human Rights.

I started my artistic ambitions in Iran a couple years after the 1978 revolution. I arrived in the UK in 1985 as a political asylum seeker. My practice developed through a concern to explore cultural/political agendas, employing performance in relation to installation and photography. I am exploring a wide range of media processes as well as sculpture and time based imagery. I work with abstract representations of the human body to communicate both literally and metaphorically, using domestic objects such as safety pins, spoons, cloth, rose blossoms, and hair. My aim is to challenge preconceptions, and to raise questions about dehumanization, such as human alienation and oppression of women. While my artistic expression comes from deeply personal places and influenced by my background, it is also concerned with more universal issues around the contemporary human condition. In my art work I am interested in showing the state of emotion, sensation, and phenomenon inflicted on humans by contemporary violations.

I displace, distort and rearrange domestic objects from their usual context in order to give them a new identity. Displacing and distorting domestic objects from their 'normal' context serves to raise questions about the function, meaning and value of objects as well as extensions of human beings in our society. This metaphor enables me to raise questions on our preconceptions.

In most of my installations I invite the spectator not to simply look at installation but to participate in it. I intend the spectator become part of the installation and the installation to become part of the spectator. Engaging the audience in my work is a vital factor in my work. The spectators are usually the more submissive part of an exhibition or show. The spectators would be inspired and challenged from a piece of work by playing an active role in a part of it. I seek to manipulate and blur the boundaries between the 'artist and the audience'. I like to explore the performances of making artifacts by the 'artist and the audience' alongside each other and explore the ways of engaging audience to become part of an active role in making a piece of art

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