Deep Throats: How Deep is your Love?

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'Deep Throats: How Deep is your Love?' is the first UK solo show of Iranian filmmaker and artist Mamali Shafahi, opening during Frieze week in October 2022. The exhibition transforms the ground floor gallery into an immersive space featuring installation, UV, coloured lighting and a new series of large-scale flocked epoxy sculptures.

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These sculptures are presented alongside a revolving kinetic work displayed in the window. Shafahi’s use of light reacts intensely with the stark colours of the sculptures. They appear almost immaterial, like holograms, reflecting the notion that technology has increasingly blurred the line between reality and fiction.

Shafahi’s ‘Daddy Sperm’ project, initiated in 2012, has underpinned his practice. The project looks at ‘the miracle of life’, the generational generosity of transmitting and creating life between people, bridging the past and future. In the artist’s own words, it questions “how a drop of liquid becomes a human being”.

Shafahi embraces collaborations, and as an initial aspect of ‘Daddy Sperm’ he collaborated with his father Reza Shafahi, who is a retired wrestler, not an artist. He asked his father to start drawing, to explore how his work might relate to his own. This intimate, familial interaction manifests itself within the artist’s signature ‘Heirloom Velvet’ sculpture series.

A selection of the iconic ‘Heirloom Velvet’ sculptures are exhibited in the lower ground floor gallery. Shafahi’s flocked epoxy sculptures are striking, brightly coloured, monochrome reliefs produced from digital renderings. Choosing to work with flocking - as opposed to luxury materials such as velvet - he creates a dichotomy favouring kitsch and ambiguous materiality. Questioning what is being passed between generations, other than DNA, and featuring historical and contemporary iconography from Iran, the work is a homage to his father, their ancestors, and heritage.

The exhibition coincides with VITRINE’s participation in Frieze Focus with Tarek Lakhrissi and Frieze Sculpture with Tim Etchells.

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Mamali Shafahi (b.1982, Tehran, IR) lives and works between Amsterdam, Paris and Tehran. He holds a BA in Photography from Tehran University of Art, IR (2004) and went on to study at ENSAPC: École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris, FR (2008). He has been a finalist for the MOPCAP Contemporary ArtPrize (2015), a Nominee for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (2011 and 2009) and a winner of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (2008 and 2009).

He has exhibited internationally in galleries, institutes and biennials including: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; Dastan’s Basement, Tehran, IR; Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, BE; Frieze Cork Street, London, UK; ParallelCircuit, Tehran, IR; 9th Biennial of Photography of Tehran, IR; Athens Biennial, GR; Shulamit Gallery,Los Angeles, USA; Clubrhubarb, New York, USA; Cité International des Arts, Paris, FR; The Third Line,Dubai, UAE; Mosaic Rooms, London, UK: Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, IR; Galerie Nicolas Silin, Paris, FR; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, NL; Aaran Gallery, Tehran, IR; Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, IR; Wochdom Gallery, Paris, FR; Tehran Gallery, IR.

His project nerd_funk has been presented at 2019 Vancouver Biennale, CA; Het nieuwe instituut,Rotterdam, NL; IDFA film festival, Amsterdam, NL; CPH DOX, Copenhagen, DE; Netherlands FilmFestival, Utrecht, NL; Impossible Bodies, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL.

Deep Throats: How Deep is your Love?
Oct 2022
13
Thursday
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
Free
Group show

Deep Throats: How Deep is your Love?

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