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 relation to 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. She plays with ambivalence to juxtapose dualities such as animal versus human, past versus present, and cruelty versus seduction. 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.

Belgian artist, lives and works in Brussels.

Upcoming

  • Tears of Eros, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

 


Current

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

2018

  • Wild Mink, artlead Salon, Brussels, Belgium

2017

  • Rivers in your mouth, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium
  • With tenderness and longing, Billboard Series: Art in Public Space, Artlead, Gent, Belgium
  • No church in the wild, The Cabin LA, Los Angeles CA, USA

2016

  • Le jardin décomposé, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium
  • The hollow in the ferns, NICC, Brussels, Belgium

2015

  • Ask me nicely, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium

2014

  • Séduire ou crever de faim, Island, Brussels, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

  • The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial, Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Some Trees, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Salon de Peinture, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

2018

  • Nightfall, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Terres de Femmes, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
  • Mademoiselle, le Crac, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporaine Occitaine, Sète, France
  • Op de grond, tussenin of aan de hemel, Curated by Els Wuyts, Ten Bogaerde, Coxyde, Belgium
  • 100 Sculptures, Curated by Todd Von Ammon & Josep Ian Henrikson, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
  • SEED, Group Show, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
  • Dead Eden, Lyles & King, New York, USA
  • What are you staring at?, curated by Domenico De Chirico, Eduardo Secci, Florence, Italy
  • Quel amour!?, MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France
  • NICC 20 Years Jubilee, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Weeping, Dreaming, Fucking, Laughing, Wschód Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2017

  • Hecate, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Dalonaz, Royal, Brussels, Belgium

2016

  • Summer in the City, Christine Konig Gallery, Vienna, Austria
  • Biennial of Painting, Museum of Deinze, Deinze, Belgium
  • Balls & Glory, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2015

  • Louise 186, Brussels Art Days, Brussels, Belgium
  • Me, myself and I, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Palourdes cuites, Christopher Crescent, Brussels, Belgium