Palette: Samira Eskandarfar

Samira Eskandarfar, born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, is a painter, writer, and filmmaker known for her Neo-Figurative style. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Materials engineers and also started an MA course in Directing Animations in Tehran University of Art. Eskandarfar started painting in 1998 and had numerous solo exhibitions over years. She has made sixteen videos and short-films since 2003 and has participated in over hundred group exhibitions and screenings worldwide. Her video “A Dowry for Mahrou” was acquired by Tate Modern in 2009. Eskandarfar made her first experimental film “Root Canal” in 2013.

Eskandarfar’s work over the years has been more focused on human relations and humans inner worlds, whose emotions are often expressed in large-sized portraits with slight touches of exaggeration and artificialized looks and gestures reminiscent of cinematic or fashion shows. She uses paintings, collages, videos and other mediums. Self-expression, psychological definition of the self, and fractured identities are other recurrent motifs in Eskandarfar’s artworks.

The cover art for issue number 1 of The Persian Literature Review, is by Samira Eskandarfar created for a group show on the portrait of Forough Farrokhzad at Vista Gallery in 2014. The show was curated by Arash Tanhai and 38 renowned Iranian artists had taken part in it.

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