Overview: Henna Night/Shabe Kheena
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"In this new body of work, Amiri sensitively explores the complex interior landscapes of domestic spaces. Through imagery that honors close bonds and togetherness, she places particular emphasis on women within these spaces, a subtle form of resistance against the reality of limited rights and visibility of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Amiri’s piercingly tender textile works focus on the passage from room to room within the home, emblematic of transitions through life, and the family rituals and traditions that take place there. The visual culture of Amiri’s hometown Kabul is preserved through the sort of personal, idiosyncratic touches that make home a familiar place, remote from the bustle of the streets or the bazaar – a motif that Amiri has previously explored. In contrast, these scenes portray a more intimate sense of routine, celebration, and relationship, in moments of energetic conversation or quiet repose. Referencing personal memories of her mother who regularly sewed and mended, and the women who were vital to the support and survival of the artist’s family when they arrived as refugees to Canada, Amiri’s painterly approach to textile and its links to women throughout history is also a statement of resilience." (This exhibition is curated with Kate Mothes, an independent curator and founder of Young Space, currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland.)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Installation view, Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B Smith Gallery, (Denver, CO)
Mehmana/Guests. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, velvet, vinyl, ikat-print, suede, and found fabric – 62" X 83"
Still-Life with Vanilla Cake. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, iridescent paper, suede, and found fabric – 50" X 61"
Still-Life with Vanilla Cake (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, iridescent paper, suede, and found fabric – 50" X 61"
Three Women Gossiping. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, inkjet print on chiffon, suede, velvet, and found fabric – 67" X 55.5"
Three Women Gossiping (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, inkjet print on chiffon, suede, velvet, and found fabric – 67" X 55.5"
Two Seated Women. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, denim, and found fabric – 30" X 33"
Two Seated Women (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, denim, and found fabric – 30" X 33"
Still-Life with Jewelry boxes and Red Roses. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, inkjet print on chiffon, suede, color pencil, and found fabric – 62" X 53.5"
Still-Life with Jewelry boxes and Red Roses (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, inkjet print on chiffon, suede, color pencil, and found fabric – 62" X 53.5"
Her Dressing Table. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, inkjet print on chiffon, iridescent paper, denim, suede, and found fabric – 67.5" X 58"
Her Dressing Table (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, inkjet print on chiffon, iridescent paper, denim, suede, and found fabric – 67.5" X 58"
Photo of a Groom. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, velvet, dye cotton, suede, clear vinyl, postcard, and found fabric – 85" X 52.5"
Photo of a Groom (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, velvet, dye cotton, suede, clear vinyl, postcard, and found fabric – 85" X 52.5"
Tofaha/Gifts. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, ikat-print fabric, suede, and found fabric – 57" X 70"
Tofaha/Gifts (detail). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, ikat-print fabric, suede, and found fabric – 57" X 70"
Henna Painting. 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, vinyl, and acrylic paint on fabric – 31" X 24.5"
Still-Life with Henna (Diptych). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, acrylic paint on fabric, Ikat print, and found fabric – 33" X 24" (single piece)
Still-Life with Henna (Diptych) (detai). 2022 – Chiffon, muslin, cotton, polyester, silk, acrylic paint on fabric, Ikat print, and found fabric – 33" X 24" (single piece)