CHAH by Farkhondeh Shahroudi

CHAH by Farkhondeh Shahroudi


stitched leather, bamboo, 2017

In Farkhondeh Shahroudi work, the language of poetry becomes sculptural, like her sculptures made of hand-stitched fabric. Whether it's automatic writing deliberately slowed down by the choice to use her left hand in her work on paper, or Persian letters, just as slow because they are hand-stitched and illegible due to the overlapping of the graphic signs, she seeks to create, with language, a space of attraction for images, without any distinction between the bi-dimensionality of the poetic text and the tri-dimensionality of the sculpture.

These are seemingly anthropomorphic creatures, in which anatomical anomalies, like an impairment and the proliferation of limbs or the mirrored doubling of a body, become the fulcrum of a dynamic trajectory, in the way that they take their position in space, next to animal and plant figures, suspended or staked to the earth. The stitches are the means to hold inside and at the same time exhibit an indefinable memory of a loss, scars, but also a primordial alphabet, the origins of a concrete writing that becomes one with the sculpture.


Farkhondeh Shahroudi was born in 1962 in Tehran. In 1990 she left her country and found political asylum in Germany; she currently lives and works in Berlin. After studying painting at the University Al-Zahra in Tehran and design at the University of Dortmund, she directed her artistic research to the use of textile materials while sewing became predominant, in a constant dialog with her poetic writing. Her sculptures of the human body made from hand-sewn fabric and covered in Farsi writing are housed at several museums, including the collection of the British Museum in London.

Her personal and collective exhibitions include: Urban, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Berlin 2016; Symbiosis of Two Worlds, Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, 2013; Farkhondeh Shahroudi: Kunst und Text, personale, Art Laboratory, Berlin, 2007; Word into Art, The British Museum, London, 2006; Wächter/Guards, personale, Museum Pergamon, Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, 2005.



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