Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town
18 January – 24 February 2018

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 to 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.

In their individual and collective practices, the artists doggedly question the status of women in society and in art history. This is a central concern to Amer’s work and appears subtly in Farkhondeh’s ‘Broken Landscapes’ series in which repression of women in contemporary times is explored.

When they come together to create work, Amer’s quest for empowering women is combined with Farkhondeh’s vision of the fragility of our lives in relation to nature and society. The result is work that seeks to aesthetically and conceptually engage viewers on notions of beauty, intelligence, and independence of women in a context of perceived repression in technologically advanced societies.

Farkhondeh and Amer welcome the status of combined authorship. Together, they probe boundaries of shape and form, drawing and painting, pencil and brush, collage and sewing. Their work comments on art, literature and social political life, also hinted at in the titles attributed to each work.

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 honored 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.

Farkhondeh and Amer’s 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.

At the Dakar Biennale in 2018, they will exhibit a comprehensive selection of collaborative drawings made in the 2000s.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Alain Souchon’s ‘L’amour à la machine’ [Putting love in the washing machine] – a song about putting love through the challenge of a washing machine to see if the original colours of love are still in tact, in which Souchon writes and sings: ‘…Matisse, l’amour c’est bleu difficile’.

  • Daffodils’ Tender

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Daffodils’ Tender , 2017

    Pencil and acrylic on pellon

    Work: 66 x 52 x 1.5 cm Frame: 77.5 x 64.5 x 4.5 cm

  • Now

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Now, 2017

    Watercolor, color pencil, oil pastel and embroidery on paper

    Work: 56.8 x 75.8 cm Frame: 69 x 87.5 x 4.5 cm<...

  • Boogienight

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Boogienight, 2017

    Ink, color pencil and embroidery on paper

    Work: 75.8 x 56 cm Frame: 87.5 x 69 x 4.5 cm

  • Flesh and Flower

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Flesh and Flower, 2017

    Watercolor, Kozo paper, and embroidery on paper

    Work: 33 x 43 cm Frame: 45 x 55 x 4.5 cm

  • Courtisane

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Courtisane, 2017

    India ink, ink and embroidery on paper

    Work: 102 x 66 x 1.5 cm Frame: 113.5 x 78.5 x 4.5 cm

  • Olympia

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Olympia, 2017

    Acrylic, on pellon

    Work: 115 x 97 cm Frame: 126.5 x 109.5 x 4.5 cm

  • Love, Slut and White Posy

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Love, Slut and White Posy, 2017

    Acrylic, water soluble cryon on pellon

    Work: 119.5 x 97 cm Frame: 131 x 109.5 x 4.5 cm...

  • House of Lust

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    House of Lust, 2017

    Acrylic, tape and colored pencil on pellon

    Work: 90.2 x 109.2 cm Frame: 102.5 x 120.5 x 4.5 cm

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  • My Blood, My Decision

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    My Blood, My Decision, 2017

    Oil, watercolor and pencil on paper

    Work: 86 x 66 cm Frame: 98.5 x 78 x 4.5 cm

  • Esther Queen of Persia

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Esther Queen of Persia, 2017

    Watercolor and pencil on pellon

    Work: 101.6 x 121.9 cm Frame: 113.5 x 134 x 4.5 cm

  • Portrait of Tallulah Black

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Portrait of Tallulah Black, 2017

    Acrylic,colored pencil and watercolor on pellon

    Work: 83.2 x 63.5 cm Frame: 95.5 x 76...

  • Chief Mistress and Patron of the Arts

    Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

    Chief Mistress and Patron of the Arts, 2017

    Pencil chalk and watercolor on pellon

    Work: 95.3 x 116.8 cm Frame: 107 x 1...

  • Moulin Jaune

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Moulin Jaune, 2017

    Acrylic, pencil and tape on pellon

    Work: 83.2 x 64.8 cm Frame: 95.5 x 74.5 x 4.5 cm

  • Disarray of Emma Bovary

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Disarray of Emma Bovary, 2017

    Acrylic and pencil on pellon

    Work: 97.8 x 117.5 cm Frame: 109.5 x 129.5 x 4.5 cm

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  • Brave Margot

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Brave Margot, 2017

    Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper

    Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm

  • Daffodil

    Reza Farkhondeh & Ghada Amer

    Daffodil, 2017

    Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper

    Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm

  • In Veins

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    In Veins, 2017

    Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper

    Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm

  • Among Twigs

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Among Twigs, 2017

    Pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper

    Work: 38.1 x 27.9 cm Frame: 50 x 40 x 4.5 cm

  • Black Forest Sweetheart

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Black Forest Sweetheart, 2017

    Watercolor, ink and embroidery on paper

    Work: 75.9 x 57.2 cm Frame: 88 x 69 x 4.5 cm

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  • Mutual Consent

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Mutual Consent, 2017

    Acrylic, tape, fabric on pellon

    Work: 98.5 x 119 cm Frame: 110.5 x 131 x 4.5 cm

  • Goblina Weaves No More

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Goblina Weaves No More, 2017

    Acrylic, gesso and embroidery on pellon

    Work: 66 x 52 x 1.5 cm Frame: 77.5 x 52 x 4.5 cm<...

  • Blue window

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Blue window, 2017

    Ink, acrylic, fabric and embroidery on paper

    Work: 56.8 x 75.8 cm Frame: 68 x 87.5 x 4.5 cm

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  • Anges Nocturne

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Anges Nocturne, 2017

    Ink, Watercolor, silk and embroidery on paper

    Work: 56.8 x 75.8 cm Frame: 87.5 x 69 x 4.5 cm

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  • Miss Indulgent

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Miss Indulgent, 2017

    Watercolor and embroidery on paper

    Work: 51 x 66 cm Frame: 63 x 78 x 4.5 cm

  • Pot de Fleurs Culote de Soie

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Pot de Fleurs Culote de Soie, 2017

    India ink, color pencil, watercolor and embroidery on paper

    Work: 66.5 x 102 cm Fra...

  • Girl of Safe Places

    Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

    Girl of Safe Places, 2017

    Acrylic, ink, watercolor, embroidery and fabric on paper

    Work: 57.2 x 75.9 cm Frame: 69 x 88...

  • Installation picture [Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018]
  • Installation picture [Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018]
  • Installation picture [Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018]
  • Installation picture [Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018]
  • Installation picture [Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh / Love is a Difficult Blue / 2018]