Roya Khadjavi Projects is delighted to present the first New York solo exhibition of works by Iranian-born twin sisters Bahareh and Farzandeh Safarani, opening on October 18 and on view through October 31 at Elga Wimmer Gallery space, Chelsea, New York.
The identical twins and artists have long collaborated in their multi-media practice and continue to work inseparably. Titled Reincarnation, the exhibition brings together 14 ‘video-paintings’, paintings overlaid with video projections, that each integrates realistic figurative painting, performance and a remarkable use of delicate video to dramatic self-portrait effect. The works consider classical aesthetics—reminiscent of Renaissance painting and Dutch Old Masters—through a contemporary lens; the Safaranis skillfully bring together these three artistic practices into a single captivating, distinctly contemporary work. In each piece, the sisters are subjects themselves, exploring the sense of self and personal identity in relation to the other, as twins, individuals and also as Iranian women.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 20-page catalogue, with an introductory essay by Abby Margulies, independent art writer and communication specialist.
“The title evokes the evolution of the Safarani Sisters’ subject matter, which from their earliest work together has centered on a female figure exploring and getting to know her inner self. The two have long been compelled by the interior world of their subjects, and the progression of their artistic practice reveals the female figure – presumably the artist herself – coming into her own.”
About the artists
Collaborative twin artists Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani were born 1990 in Tehran, Iran, and after being raised there, now live and work in Boston, MA. The sisters have been painting together since the age of thirteen and continue to work and exhibit as one. They trained under Tehran-based artists Farimah Farhatnia and hold both a BFA Degree in Painting from the University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts and an MFA in Studio Art from Northeastern University, College of Art-Media and Design in collaboration with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2016.
Throughout their education they have studied painting, performance, video, installation, conceptual art, and poetry. They have shown their work extensively in the United States, Iran and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions of their work include Sanctuary, Amalgam, Boston (2017-18); Safarani Sisters, Projecting Her, Adelson Gallery, Boston (2016) and at Gallery 360, Northeastern University, Boston. Recent group exhibitions include “If So What?”, Roya Khadjavi Projects, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco (2018); The Salon in collaboration with the Peabody Essex Museum, Boston, MA (2017); Work by Pairs, Distillery Gallery, Boston (2017); Dualism, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston (2016); and Neither Here Nor There, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016).
They have performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston most recently (2018) and at the Boston Calling Music Festival (2017). Their work has recently been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and by private collectors worldwide.
Elga Wimmer Gallery
536 West 26th Street, #310
New York, NY 10001
Dates: Oct 18 – 31
Opening reception: Thursday- Oct 18- 5-9 pm
Opening Hours: Monday — Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm and by appointment