Farsad Labbauf : "Revisiting Fragments and Entities"
Presented by Roya Khadjavi Projects
September 23 - October 16
Roya Khadjavi Projects is delighted to present “Revisiting Fragments and Entities” the solo exhibition of works by Iranian-born artist Farsad Labbauf opening on September 23rd, 2021 and on view thru October 16that High Line Nine, Gallery 9.1 in Chelsea, New York. An artist talk will be held on Saturday, October 9th.
In this exhibition Khadjavi showcases part of a recently completed series, a collection of images from antiquity in addition to Labbauf’s collected images from his childhood. The seven intricate collages and the eight delicately layered and stitched photographs were started in 2000 and 2001 spanning over 20 years.
About the Artist
Farsad Labbauf is a multidisciplinary Iranian artist living and working in the New York area. Best known for his linear figurative paintings, Labbauf immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. After enrolling in Rhode Island School of Design in 1982, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, followed by a second degree in Industrial Design. The origins of Labbauf's work lie in Figurative Expressionism, a style he practiced for more than two decades leading to the creation of his linear figurative painting style. His paintings as well as his ongoing sewing series are inspired by studies in quantum physics and a reverence for ideas of “Unity and Monism”. Labbauf first started exploring these ideas during an initial trip back to his native country of Iran by making his first sewing series, twenty-one years ago. His work has been featured in more than sixty group shows across the globe, including the Saatchi Gallery in London, Leslie Lohman Museum in New York, Ex Aurum Museum in Pescara, Italy, as well as The Jersey City Museum in New Jersey. Additionally, he has held solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, Amsterdam and Tehran. Labbauf's work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Salsali Museum, The Afkhami Collection, The Saatchi Gallery and The Newark Museum of Art as well as Carsten de Boer and Lie Sang Bong art collections.
About the Curator
Roya Khadjavi is an independent curator and cultural producer based in New York. She has largely focused on the work of young Iranian artists working both in Iran and beyond its borders, seeking not only to support their artistic endeavors but to also facilitate awareness and cultural dialogue between artistic communities. Since 2008, she has actively led exhibition committee efforts around the art of the Middle East for institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Asia Society, where she sat on the steering committee of the critically acclaimed exhibit Iran Modern (2013). Khadjavi co-founded the Institute of International Education’s Iran Opportunities Fund and served as president of the board of New York based non-profit Art in General. For her pioneering efforts to advance, support, and promote international education, she has been honored with the Women’s Global Leadership Award by the Institute of International Education and an Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques) by the French Minister of Education.