Ghada Amer was born in Cairo in 1963 and now lives in New York. On viewing her work, what appears to be a mass of abstract lines gradually comes into focus provocative imagery, displayed in a repetitive pattern. Her work refuses to bow to the puritanical elements of both Western and Islamic culture, and what could be called ‘institutionalised feminism’. She has a highly respected international reputation and has exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial and renowned museums across the USA and Europe.
Reza Farkhondeh was born in Iran and now lives in New York. Reza Farkhondeh focused on film and video art in the late 1980s and 1990s. He moved to oil painting of ordinary objects of the era of globalization, mostly plastic toys driven from ’99 cent culture’. The paintings are in the opulence of salon portraiture. He created a series of video performances before turning to watercolor and acrylic landscape in 2002. His images spark a sense of unrest and disconnection. Anchored between the hyper-modern and the past, this painted world reinvents the universe we live in, as the signs of our daily life are captured in new registers of visualization beyond territories and beyond history.