New work by Hayv Kahraman

7 May 2009
10 Jun 2009

Hayv Kahraman’s previous work has explored themes of female oppression with particular reference to war in the Middle East and in her home land of Iraq. With her new series of works the artist turns her attention to female oppression found in the everyday, in a series of work focused on the banality of domestic life.

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Using oil on linen canvas and distinct tones of vibrant colour covered with intricate designs, Kahraman’s melancholic female figures are transformed beings, rominent, timeworn eyes and elongated necks represent the archetypical image of the swan; the women are graceful and elegant, yet dwell in an ambiguous existence between despair and respectable obedience.