Iranian textile artist on exhibition in Brisbane
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art is currently on display at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane. It involves over 400 works by 80 artisans from a geographical region that spans from Iran to New Zealand. There is no theme for the exhibition; instead the curators have endeavoured to gather together a diverse range of artworks that embody messages and topics important to the artists. Artworks include a fish trap made from 8000 pairs of ringed venus shells and a massive Buddhist rosary.
There are several firsts for the APT9 including artworks from Laos and the Marshall Islands. There are also more First Nations people represented than ever before and more textile works than ever before. One of those textile artists is Iranian, Zahra Imani.
Imani’s work focuses on moments in women’s lives in Tehran – a city whose skyline is dominated with billboards emblazoned with men’s faces. The fabrics used in the works are all commercially available and sourced by Imani from local markets. They are all fabrics designed for use in everyday life for clothing and home furnishing.
The works themselves are over 2m in height. Imani uses a mixture of techniques to achieve perspective in her work. These techniques are inspired by Persian miniature and European Renaissance painting traditions. Imani has left her hand stitching showing on the front of her works and the edges are left unfinished.