27/04/2023 - 10/06/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Golnaz Fathi - No rain will put out this fire

Tue-Sat: 12:30-5:30pm

No rain will put out this fire, a new solo exhibition by renowned Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi, presents paintings that are made from bold gestural brushstrokes which are layered with meaning.

Golnaz Fathi is an influential member of a stimulating group of contemporary artists to surface in Iran over the last two decades. Fathi, whose work is, amongst others, in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum, is one of only a tiny handful of women trained to the highest level within the discipline of traditional calligraphy.

As Fathi comments, ‘The writings within the works are completely illegible. Usually, I destroy whatever is readable to make it unreadable. It is only the act of writing; it’s pure improvisation.’

Her paintings push the boundaries of legibility and intelligibility, the liminal and subliminal. As we attempt to ‘read’ her works, the canvases speak directly to the unconscious mind of each individual viewer, evoking responses that exist in all of us — whether or not we are conscious of their presence.


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