09. March 2017 - 19:00 till 22:00
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Nastaran Safaei & Farnaz Rabieijah | Solo: Fari Bradley | The Mine | Thursday, 09. March 2017

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Nastaran Safaei and Farnaz Rabieijah are best known for their often-monumental installations that translate contemporary gendered and societal concerns. Here, they translate themselves. Finding themselves at a new juncture in their lives, as artists and as women both, they trade in the tactile materiality of sculpture for two experimental approaches to print. What emerges, unfurling luxuriously onto paper like a long-dormant shoot, is a feminised interiority and a newfound sense of connection, both to nature and to the outside world. In Body Impressions, Safaei uses her own body to make marks on textiles. Yet the figure is not depicted but only intimated here, with smears and swooshes that might be a shoulder or perhaps a knee; it is unclear. Spidery skeins of dots connect body parts to each other and trail off the page with a tentativeness that directly contrasts with the assertive intensity of these body prints. In Rabieijah’s Spinning Plate, meanwhile, plants are pressed into paper to leave beautiful deboss-like indentations. Unlike pressed and preserved plants, the botanic matter is then removed and discarded, leaving only the void behind, like a trail of perfume after someone has forever walked away.

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In this exhibition, Fari Bradley explores the nuances of language, history and memory. Contemplating either the usefulness or destructive nature of traditionally recited proverbs, truisms, and dictums alongside several new ones for today, Bradley renders them as signifiers, using textile and mixed media.
Stitches to Save 9 With pits the deliberate form of stitching against quickly spoken lines, fleeting inspirations and ‘quippage’. A 'stitch in time saves nine' is a proverbial expression, an incentive: to stitch a tear in a cloth, now, before the tear becomes larger and harder to mend. The ‘nine’ refers to the greater number of stitches that will be needed later, if one quick stitch isn't performed ‘in time’. This and other wise homilies in this body of work are falling out of use - just as hand stitching itself is disappearing.

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