LONGITUDE IN QUESTION | ARTIST TALK

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IDENTITY AND HYBRIDITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE. Farnaz Gholami, Matthew Krishanu and Sam Samiee in conversation

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Join us for inspiring 60 minutes of panel discussion with distinguished artists Matthew Krishanu and Sam Samiee and a rising star Farnaz Gholami. It is a first evening of the event series organised by a cohort of postgraduate students at Kingston University

The tone of the event is set by the understanding of longitude not as a number or a boring geographical given, but as a position to be questioned, curved out and reinvented.

IDENTITY AND HYBRIDITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE is an evening of talks by our guests

Farnaz Gholami

www.farnaz.net

who will be talking about her works influenced by the experience of dislocation and about the role of post-colonial studies in her artistic practice.

Matthew Krishanu

www.matthewkrishanu.com/

he will discuss the key elements of his work. He will look at how his personal experience of growing up between Bangladesh, India and England feeds into his painting practice.

Sam Samiee

www.samsamiee.com

An Iranian artist and essayist Sam Samiee will introduce us to his research on the history of Persian Adab, literature. He’ll address the idea of the unfinished Copernican revolution through the lens of his own artistic practice and research in psychoanalysis and philosophy.

Sam’s work can at the moment be seen in Nine Iranian Artists in London: The Spark is You. Parasol unit. London

Free to attend but reservation is essential

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Farnaz Gholami

www.farnaz.net

lived, studied and worked in Iran, USA and South Africa and the UK. The personal experience of dislocation and question of place-identity are the focus of her art practice. The relationship between space, place, non-place, memory and identity is what creates her paintings and artworks.

Farnaz has studied Fine Art at Brandeis University USA, Worked as a printmaker in Cape Town, South Africa, before continuing her graduate studies on painting at Chelsea College of Arts and postgraduate studies at Slade School of Fine Art.

Matthew Krishanu

www.matthewkrishanu.com/

is a painter based in London. His recent paintings explore constructed narratives drawing on themes of memory, childhood, religion and empire. He received an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College in 2009.

Solo exhibitions include: The Sun Never Sets, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (2019) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (2018); House of Crows, Matt’s Gallery, London (2019); A Murder of Crows, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019). Recent group exhibitions include Childhood Now, Compton Verney (2019); The John Moores Painting Prize 2018, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Contemporary Masters from Britain, Jiangsu Art Museum (and tour), China (2017-2018). Matthew is a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths and Chelsea College of Art. He has works in collections including the Arts Council Collection, Priseman Seabrook Collection, and Jiangsu Art Museum, China.

Sam Samiee

www.samsamiee.com/

Sam Samiee is an Iranian painter and essayist based in Amsterdam and Tehran. He has finished a two-year residency program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2015. In his work, Samiee focuses on the practice of painting and research in philosophy, Persian literature, the history of painting and psychoanalysis. Characteristic of his work is the break from the tradition of flat painting and a return to the original question of how artists can represent the three-dimensional world in the space of painting as a metaphor, for a set of ideas. Therefore, most of his works are immersive painterly installations. A comparative readership of the history of Persian literature and western visual art read against the developments of psychoanalysis articulates the fields of Samiee's interest and art practice. Subjects such as war, history of theology, psycho-geographies of landscapes and epistemic shifts have occupied the artistic explorations of Samiee through his embodiment of traditional and contemporary modes of art production and presentation.

Sam studied at the Art university of Teheran, Iran and ArtEZ Academy for Art and Design, Enschede, The Netherlands and is a lecturer at this institution.

Solo Exhibitions include: 2017. Universal Pink. Electric Room. Dastan:Outside Projects. Tehran. Iran; 2016. Bedroom Posters. Witteveen Visual Art Center. Amsterdam. The Netherlands; 2016. Bedroom Posters. Witteveen Galerie. Amsterdam

Recent group shows include: 2019. Nine Iranian Artists in London: The Spark is You. Parasol unit. London, UK

2019. Feast of Fools: Bruegel Rediscovered. Gaasbeek Castle. Lennik, Belgium

2018. 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Berlin, Germany

2018. An unfinished Copernican revolution. Gemeentemuseum. Den Haag

2017. Update 5.0. V-Gallery. Dastan:Outside Projects. Tehran. Iran

2017. Art Brussels. Presented by (re)D. Gallery. Antwerp. Belgium

2017. The Painted Bird. Group Exhibition Curated by Gijs Frieling. Marres. Maastricht. The Netherlands

2017. Still Light. Duo Exhibition with Narcisse Tordoir. Curated by Narcisse Tordoir. (re)D. Gallery. Antwerp. Belgium

For more information please contact us: maartandspace@gmail.com

Farnaz Gholami. Installation view.

Copyright: Farnaz Gholami

Matthew Krishanu. The sun never sets.

Photo: David Rowan

Sam Samiee. Installation view. 10th Berlin Biennale

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