Unveiled Visions

A way of seeing the world.

Roya Akhavan

Katayoun Rouhi

Nastaran Safaei

Curated by Leila Varasteh

"Entre les Lignes - Unveiled Visions" exhibition

18th to 22nd of October 2023

This exhibition presents works by three Iranian artists whose subtle and strong work both intrigues and invites you to read between the lines. A way of seeing the world.

Roya Akhavan

The works of Roya AKHAVAN recall the infinity of time. The repetition of geometric figures, inspired by Persian miniatures, where there is neither beginning nor end and where the gaze can get lost, meditative, brings out another reality from amongst the lines.

Born in Iran, Roya AKHAVAN pursued art studies in the United States, then in France. Her work has been exhibited all over the world from New York, Paris, London, Istanbul, and Dubai and by prestigious institutions such as Mana Contemporary and Chelsea Art Museum to form part of important collections and have been sold in major auctions – Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams.

Katayoun Rouhi

Katayoun Rouhi’s work calls for reflection. Under an appearance of sweet reveries, of childish and naive figures – a girl, flowers, trees, birds – a force of life rumbles. An unwavering connection to reality, philosophy and self-fulfillment as a living being who is present in the world.

Born in Iran in 19165, Katayoun Rouhi is a painter and poet. After the School of Fine Arts in Lausanne, she continued her training at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. Throughout her artistic journey, the theme of childhood memories with the figure of the little girl and the theme of place with the figure of the tree were dominant in her work. Influenced by Persian poets and philosophers, writing and poetry play a major role in the artist’s universe. In her works the poems appear, written backwards, as if to preserve their intimacy and to invite the observer to read between the lines.

Nastaran Safaei

Nastaran Safaei describes the genesis of this series of works in bronze and plexi, representing crushed and deformed female heeled shoes, as follows:

” I came home from the party and toed off my shoes. They seemed tired to me, as if they did not wish to be worn anymore. We also become deformed under pressure. But by accepting the collection of internal and external changes, we can still find ourselves brilliant. “

Nastaran Safaei, sculptor and multimedia artist, was born in 1984 in Tehran, Iran. She studied graphic design in high school and college, while experimenting with different calligraphy, pottery, and clay sculpting techniques.

From 2013 to 2018, during a series of artist residencies, she created a collection of body prints. Over the past decade, she has ventured into writing, while also producing video art projects as a multimedia artist. Safaei‘s work is often influenced by the physical, psychological and cultural aspects of femininity. In addition, she pays particular attention to self-knowledge, iconography and mythology, while drawing inspiration from mundane objects and incorporating them into her productions.

Access and opening hours

24 rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris

– From Thursday October 19 to Sunday October 22, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Opening reception on Thursday October 19 from 6 p.m.

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