Soheila Sokhanvari: Rebel Rebel at The Barbican’s Curve
Rebel Rebel, the first major UK commission by Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari, celebrates and commemorates feminist icons from pre-revolutionary Iran. Sokhanvari transforms the Curve into a devotional space, populated with exquisite miniature portraits of glamorous cultural figures from Iran. The project spotlights the rarely told histories of these women, who pursued creative careers in a culture enamoured with Western style but not its freedoms. The immersive space is hand-painted floor to ceiling with geometric patterns based on traditional Islamic design. A soundtrack, composed by Marios Aristopoulos features songs by iconic Iranian singers from the period. The exhibition culminates with extravagant mirrored sculptures featuring internal projections drawn from Filmfarsi (see below).
Each portrait is accompanied by a digital biography. You can read the full guide here, and find it at the show via QR code.
The exhibition is free with no pre-booking required.
On until the Sun 26 Feb 2023, find out more about the show here.