28/09/2022 - 20/10/2022


Morteza Khakshoor - Dirty Words & A Melody

"Morteza Khakshoor’s paintings capture fragments of possible narratives. These psychically charged moments provide fleeting glimpses into mysterious lives, raising as many questions as they answer. Like dirty words set to a familiar tune, Khakshoor’s playful images delight and titillate viewers, pulling them in to a world of gleaming fictions.

Evoking dreamlike states or skewed fantasies, these fragmentary fictions are imbued with a sense of disquiet or discomfort; shadows are uncannily misaligned with their subjects while bright colours bely solemn faces. However, there is also a strong sense of playfulness and mischievousness throughout the exhibition. The protagonists of the paintings frequently appear in states of undress or engaging in acts that usually take place behind closed doors. These scenes of naughtiness point to the social construction of shame and the seductiveness of scandal.

As viewers, we are transformed into voyeurs, enticed by the blurring of boundaries between public and private, and titillated by the delightful unseemliness of Khakshoor’s visual world. Throughout Dirty Words and a Melody, the artist invites us to examine the manifestations of the subconscious, to come face-to-face with an uneasy beauty that hovers between the banal, the humorous, and the mysteriously profound."


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