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Six Pillars Broadcast: Artist Soheila Sokhanvari

soheila sokhanvari conquest-of-the-gardenOnce a practising scientist, Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari discusses her multi-media painting and sculptural work at Wysing Arts Centre, inspired by vintage family photographs in crude oil, gold and egg tempera.


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Soheila Sokhanvari’s work draws on personal histories, expressed in photographs and expired passports, exploring identity and trauma, often with the backdrop of past political events in the Middle East in which the West was ideologically and politically involved. In this interview she discusses her father’s own practice as a self-taught magazine model in the 1950s, from whom Soheila draws a lot of inspiration and even material (pictured left).

Sokhanvari uses the slow process of powdering of precious stones for egg tempera, and also employs precious of crude oil and gold, some of the most expensive materials to paint with. The works are surreal, pointing continually at Sokhanvari’s family, and Iranian culture prior to 1979 before the toppling of the Pahlavi regime, in which Iranians enjoyed a completely different life than the one that is the norm now. In her work, Soheila explores the vibrancy of and the distance from that time as well as the self-aware chic of posture and design.

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Six Pillars broadcasts on air on 104.4FM, on digital radio signal and online Wednesdays  9-9.30pm UK time. [Repeats the following Fridays 3.30pm-4pm].

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Also in Brighton on digital signal and again online, from midnight-00:30am the following Friday morning on Resonance Extra.

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