Sepideh Pourhang,  Celibate , 2018. Mixed Media.

Sepideh Pourhang, Celibate, 2018. Mixed Media.


Exhibition On View April 12 – April 27, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6-9pm
Exhibition Hours: By Appointment
Argus Gallery: 1896 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

Buffalo, NY – Argus Gallery is delighted to present Speaking of the Unspeakable, a University at Buffalo M.F.A. thesis exhibition by Sepideh Pourhang. This body of work critiques the unfortunate continuation of female oppression in Islamic culture by exploring the boundaries of traditional Persian art. Rooted in the processes of photography, printmaking, and painting, Pourhang’s mixed media pieces break free from the customs the artist grew up among.

Pourhang received training in traditional styles of Persian Miniature and has since turned this institution on its head, combining old-world notions with the contemporary struggle of equality for women. For example, the artist appropriates nineteenth-century Persian photographer Antoin Sevruguin’s work by transforming images of covered women into symbolic representations of what actually lies under the hijab.

The artist’s work addresses the experience of growing up in an Islamic country. Examining the persistent practice of marginalizing women, Pourhang’s work portrays both the anxiety and fear of this subjection, and the blatant rejection of it with the illustration of aspects and ideas of womanhood that are traditionally ignored or repressed. “We are all the same,” Pourhang asserts, and utilizes photographs of men and women to demonstrate it. 

Please join us for the opening reception Thursday, April 12 from 6-9pm.

Born in Isfahan, Iran, Sepideh Pourhang graduated from the Isfahan University of Art with a B.A. in Persian Miniature and Calligraphy. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art at the University at Buffalo.