Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018
18 January - 24 February 2018
Installation View
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Moulin Jaune, 2017
Acrylic, pencil and tape on pellon
Work: 83.2 x 64.8 cm Frame: 95.5 x 74.5 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Love, Slut and White Posy, 2017
Acrylic, water soluble crayon on pellon
Work: 119.4 x 97. cm Frame: 131 x 109.5 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Daffodils' Tender , 2017
Pencil and acrylic on pellon
Work: 65.7 x 52.4 cm Frame: 77.5 x 64.5 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Boogienight, 2017
Ink, color pencil and embroidery on paper
Work: 75.6 x 57.2 cm Frame: 87.5 x 69 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Portrait of Tallulah Black, 2017
Acrylic,colored pencil and watercolor on pellon
Work: 83.2 x 63.5 cm Frame: 95.5 x 76 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Girl of Safe Places, 2017
Acrylic, ink, watercolor, embroidery and fabric on paper
Work: 57.2 x 75.9 cm Frame: 69 x 88 x 4.5 cm
Reza Fakhondeh & Ghada Amer
Miss Indulgent, 2017
Watercolor and embroidery on paper
Work: 50.8 x 66 cm Frame: 63 x 78 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
House of Lust, 2017
Acrylic, tape and colored pencil on pellon
Work: 90.2 x 109.2 cm Frame: 102.5 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Disarray of Emma Bovary, 2017
Acrylic and pencil on pellon
Work: 97.8 x 117.5 cm Frame: 109.5 x 129.5 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
My Blood, My Decision, 2017
Ink, watercolor and pencil on paper
Work: 86.4 x 65.4 cm Frame: 98.5 x 78 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Black Forest Sweetheart, 2017
Watercolor, ink and embroidery on paper
Work: 75.9 x 57.2 cm Frame: 88 x 69 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Brave Margot, 2017
Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper
Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Chief Mistress and Patron of the Arts, 2017
Pencil chalk and watercolor on pellon
Work: 95.3 x 116.8 cm Frame: 107 x 128.5 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Flesh and Flower, 2017
Watercolor, kozo paper, and embroidery on paper
Work: 33 x 43.2 cm Frame: 45 x 55 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Mutual Consent, 2017
Acrylic, tape, fabric on pellon
Work: 98.4 x 118.7 cm Frame: 110.5 x 131 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Pot de Fleurs Culotte de Soie, 2017
India ink, colour pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper
Work: 66.7 x 101.6 cm Frame: 78.5 x 113.5 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Daffodil, 2017
Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper
Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Esther, Queen of Persia, 2017
Watercolor and pencil on pellon
Work: 101.6 x 121.9 cm Frame: 113.5 x 134 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Madame De Pompadour, 2017
Acrylic, gesso and embroidery on pellon
Work: 65.7 x 52.7 cm Frame: 77.5 x 52 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
In Veins, 2017
Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper
Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm
Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer
Now, 2017
Watercolor, color pencil, oil pastel and embroidery on paper
Work: 57.2 x 75.6 cm Frame: 69 x 87.5 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Blue Window, 2017
Ink, acrylic, fabric and embroidery on paper
Work: 55.9 x 75.6 cm Frame: 68 x 87.5 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Courtisanne, 2017
India ink and embroidery on paper
Work: 101.6 x 66 cm Frame: 113.5 x 78.5 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Anges Nocturne, 2017
Ink, Watercolor, silk and embroidery on paper
Work: 75.9 x 57.2 cm Frame: 87.5 x 69 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Among Twigs, 2017
Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper
Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Olympia, 2017
Acrylic on pellon
Work: 114.6 x 97.2 cm Frame: 126.5 x 109.5 x 4.5 cm

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018 - Installation View

18 January - 24 February 2018

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Moulin Jaune

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Love, Slut and White Posy

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Daffodils' Tender

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Boogienight

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Portrait of Tallulah Black

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Girl of Safe Places

Reza Fakhondeh & Ghada Amer

Miss Indulgent

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

House of Lust

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Disarray of Emma Bovary

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

My Blood, My Decision

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Black Forest Sweetheart

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Brave Margot

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Chief Mistress and Patron of the Arts

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Flesh and Flower

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Mutual Consent

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Pot de Fleurs Culotte de Soie

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Daffodil

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Esther, Queen of Persia

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Madame De Pompadour

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

In Veins

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Now

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Blue Window

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Courtisanne

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Anges Nocturne

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Among Twigs

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

Olympia

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
18 January – 24 February 2018

Love is a Difficult Blue is an exhibition of new collaborative works by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh in which the artists look to women and to nature for inspiration – a key focus since they first collaborated in the early 2000s.

For this new body of work, the artists chose to draw on used Pellon (a synthetic fabric that is commonly used in papermaking) and on paper – their signature medium.

In their individual and collective practices, the artists doggedly question the status of women in society and in art history. This is a central concern to Amer’s work and appears subtly in Farkhondeh’s ‘Broken Landscapes’ series in which repression of women in contemporary times is explored.

When they come together to create work, Amer’s quest for empowering women is combined with Farkhondeh’s vision of the fragility of our lives in relation to nature and society. The result is work that seeks to aesthetically and conceptually engage viewers on notions of beauty, intelligence, and independence of women in a context of perceived repression in technologically advanced societies.

Farkhondeh and Amer welcome the status of combined authorship. Together, they probe boundaries of shape and form, drawing and painting, pencil and brush, collage and sewing. Their work comments on art, literature and social political life, also hinted at in the titles attributed to each work.

Amer is a painter, but also works in ceramics, photography, drawing, and is best known for her erotic embroideries. Earlier this year, she was one of two artists honored at the Smithsonian African Art Awards.

Farkhondeh works across numerous mediums, including video, painting, text, watercolour. He is known for his exploration of ‘99 cent Made-in China’ objects and for his evocative ‘Broken Landscapes’ paintings.

Farkhondeh and Amer’s collaborative works have been shown at Galleria Francesca Minini in Milan, Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Tina Kim Gallery in New York and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.

At the Dakar Biennale in 2018, they will exhibit a comprehensive selection of collaborative drawings made in the 2000s.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Alain Souchon’s ‘L’amour à la machine’ [Putting love in the washing machine] – a song about putting love through the challenge of a washing machine to see if the original colours of love are still in tact, in which Souchon writes and sings: ‘…Matisse, l’amour c’est bleu difficile’.

Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

Ghada Amer (b. 1963, Cairo, Egypt) and Reza Farkhondeh (b. 1963, Iran) have cultivated an artistic collaboration spanning over 20 years, though they have only recently begun to exhibit their collective works publicly, under the moniker RFGA. This partnership seamlessly merges their two distinctive styles to create a dynamic visual vocabulary.

Amer and Farkhondeh’s previous collaborative solo exhibitions include those at Tina Kim Fine Arts, New York, the Singapore Tyler Institute, The Stedlijk Museum in the Netherlands, Goodman Gallery Cape Town