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Soheila Sokhanvari @ Jerwood Space
9 January 2017 - 13 May 2017
Paradise Lost contains new work by Soheila Sokhanvari, a series of 20 framed drawings on paper in crude oil and gold . Born in Iran and now living in Cambridge, these works draw on Soheila Sokhanvari’s personal history in order to explore how political events in the Middle East might have wider implications in the West. The medium of the drawings, crude oil and gold, are considered two of the most precious commodities in the world. They both connect the two regions, reflecting on the materials’ properties and the role they have played in historical, political events. These have had personal implications for Sokhanvari, her family, and Iranians prior to 1979 and the toppling of the Pahlavi regime. The majority of the drawings in the exhibition are re-creations of Sokhanvari’s family photographs taken in Iran, many of which represent the artist as a young child