Sanam Khatibi’s works deal with animality, and our primal impulses and the core of her practice interrogates our relationship to power structures, specifically the duality of triumph and failure. The recurrent themes that often feature in her work question our relationship with excess, loss of control, bestiality, the male-female dynamics, domination and submission. She is also interested in the thin line that exists between fear and desire, and how closely they are interrelated.
Her subjects live on their impulses in alluring, exotic landscapes. They are ambiguous with their relationship to power, violence, sensuality and each other. Wildlife and animals are an integral part of her practice, and her subjects are often depicted within the same plane as the flora and fauna.
Her work consists of paintings, embroideries, tapestries, and sculptures.
Born in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Brussels.
Mademoiselle, le Crac, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporaine Occitaine, Sete, France, 2018
Quel amour!?, Museu Coleccão Berardo Arte Moderna e Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal, 2018
SEED, Group Show, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA, 2018
Dead Eden, Group Show, Lyles & King, New York, USA, 2018
What are you staring at?, curated by Domenico De Chirico, Eduardo Secci, Florence, Italy, 2018
Quel amour!?, MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France, 2018
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Wild Mink, artlead Salon, Brussels, Belgium, 2018
Rivers in your mouth, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium, 2017
With tenderness and longing, Billboard Series: Art in Public Space, Artlead, Gent, Belgium, 2017
No church in the wild, The Cabin LA, Los Angeles CA, USA, 2017
Le jardin décomposé, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium, 2016
The hollow in the ferns, NICC, Brussels, Belgium, 2016
Ask me nicely, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium, 2015
Séduire ou crever de faim, Island, Brussels, Belgium, 2014
Selected Group Exhibitions
NICC 20 Years Jubilee, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium, 2018
Weeping, Dreaming, Fucking, Laughing, Wschód Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2018
Hecate, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017
Dalonaz, Royal, Brussels, Belgium, 2017
Summer in the City, Christine Konig Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2016
Biennial of Painting, Museum of Deinze, Deinze, Belgium, 2016
Balls & Glory, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium, 2016
Louise 186, Brussels Art Days, Brussels, Belgium, 2015
Me, myself and I, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium, 2015
Palourdes cuites, Christopher Crescent, Brussels, Belgium, 2015