This Shall Also Pass
“This Shall Also Pass” is a Persian aphorism which reflects on the transitory nature of the human condition. Khosravi’s work seems to witness this ephemerality through a subtle, intimate and metaphoric representation of her country’s transformation. Compositionally the work draws influence from the tradition of Persian miniature painting; utilizing stacked perspective, cutaway views of architecture, bold color, rich detail. The picture is completed with contemporary messages and visual metaphors relating to themes such as freedom of expression, power dynamics between genders, suppression, and identity. Another persistent theme is self-censorship, which is alluded to by imagery of veils, rope, and obscured faces. Arghavan Khosravi isn’t interested in perpetuating notions of cultural exoticism and portrayals of Iranian women as victims, rather be conceived as a vehicle for shifting power, validating personal storytelling and connecting to universal messages about human rights. The series “Anatomy of a Woman” focuses on women’s rights issues. Inspired by the artist’s memories and life experiences in Iran. The hair, eyes and skin tones are very similar to painting to another. Unlike Khosravi’s previous works, this series is focused on portraiture, where the characters express some sort of feelings instead of the neutral expression usually depicted in more composed scenes. These representations are bound gently by omnipresent structures of power be they the enforcement of sharia law or subtle undermining women within a broader patriarchal society.