Children of Revolution: Soheila Sokhanvari

Children of Revolution, 2019

Soheila Sokhanvari is an Iranian-born multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on life in pre-revolutionary Iran.

Sokhanvari bases her paintings on old family photographs and interweaves political with often surreal imagery to make the viewer think about events which are too painful to speak of. By painting on calf vellum, Sokhanvari also aims to convey the idea of an individual’s sacrifice or martyrdom.

In Children of Revolution, the women appear happy and relaxed, unaware that they are on the precipice of the 1979 revolution; a revolution which their unborn children will live through.

‘I think that pattern is very political and historically specific. The patterns in my work are easily recognisable as say 60’s and 70’s and I use them as a tool to create a sense of age and to place the work in an era. I also use patterns to symbolise the strict, autocratic conditions in pre-revolutionary Iran yet the pattern is colourful and beautiful, just like our culture.‘ – Soheila Sokhanvari

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