Published on the occasion of Arghavan Khosravi's first solo museum exhibition, held at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, April 14–September 5, 2022.
Arghavan Khosravi creates surrealist paintings that explore themes of exile, freedom, and empowerment. The artist’s enigmatic compositions center on women protagonists and allude to the restriction of human rights, particularly those of immigrants. Her work is both semiautobiographical and universal.
Khosravi draws on several cross-cultural stylistic influences, from ancient Western sculpture to the posturing of contemporary fashion magazines to the compressed perspective of Persian miniature painting. Often using printed textiles from Iran as her canvas, she weaves the patterning of these materials into the narrative of her work. She further experiments with three-dimensional canvases, building her own shaped wood panels which add further depth and create optical illusions that augment the compositions.
The publication showcases new works by the artist, many of which were on view in the exhibition for the first time.
Texts by Samantha Cataldo and Alex Chong. Interview with the artist by Samantha Cataldo.
Published by the Currier Museum of Art, 2022, softcover with French flaps, 64 pages, 10.5 x 8.5 inches.