Love is a Difficult Blue is an exhibition of new collaborative works by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh in which the artists look to women and nature for inspiration – a key focus since they first collaborated in the early 2000s.
For this new body of work, the artists chose to draw on used Pellon (a synthetic fabric that is commonly used in papermaking) and on paper – their signature medium.
When it came to their collaboration, Amer’s quest for empowering women is combined with Farkhondeh’s vision of the fragility of our lives in relation to nature and society.
Amer is a painter, but also works in ceramics, photography, drawing, and is best known for her erotic embroideries. Earlier this year, she was one of two artists honoured at the Smithsonian African Art Awards.
Farkhondeh works across numerous mediums, including video, painting, text, watercolour. He is known for his exploration of 99 cent Made-in China objects and for his evocative Broken Landscapes paintings.
Their collaborative works have been shown at Galleria Francesca Minini in Milan, Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Tina Kim Gallery in New York and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.
The showing runs from 18 January to 25 February at Goodman Gallery Cape Town
Photography Brian Buckey