Skomakeriet is proud to present the Iranian artist Samaneh Reyhani.
There is something otherworldly about Reyhani's sculptures. You can't escape them – they demand attention.
On first sight, they often seem shamelessly seductive – you want to touch them, yet their silence seem to disguise a brooding menace and to tell of darkened stories in poetic reveries.
Their presence and duality draws you in. They exude power but at closer inspection, their vulnerability is revealed and the figures stand wounded and scarred. Their luring form seems effortless yet complicated, familiar yet alien.
Reyhani works primarily with sculptural installation, applying a varied array of materials, from stone to glass and strings to wood. Influenced by Persian and Islamic culture, Reyhani often call upon these sources, both as an inspiration and in a stance of opposition. Interpreting this culture’s philosophy and myths, poetry and aesthetics, her works find their manifestation. Whereas by confronting the inequality and injustice towards women, the disparity of religion and tradition, Reyhani’s works rise and stand their position.
Samaneh Reyhani was born 1990 in Tehran, Iran. After receiving her Bachelor of Sculpture from the University of Arts in Tehran in 2014, she moved to Sweden where she received her Master of Fine Arts from Malmö Art Academy in 2017. She has exhibited in museums and galleries in Iran and Sweden.