Formal elements, skill and delicacy connect Azita Moradkhani’s work aesthetically to the art of the past. In taking representation and realism to the contemporary art scene, beauty is her weapon to make political points aesthetically approachable. The female body is central to her work, specifically its exposure to different social norms. It is about the displacement experienced when we find ourselves insecure in our own bodies. The artist wants to challenge viewers to recognise the significance of beauty and the body, and how they work together in so many of the images made available to us. Moradkhani’s refined form, detail, colour palette and technique of representation allow her to find the hidden layers of complex socio-political perceptions in a global context.
Moradkhani has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University, Massachusetts and University of Art, Tehran, Iran. Her recent solo exhibition Victorious Secrets was held at Gallery Kayafas, Boston, 2016. She has shown in group exhibitions Four Garden (Chahar Bagh), Contemporary Arts Museum Isfahan, Iran, 2016; Identity Shared, Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett, New Hampshire, 2015; and South Asia Exchange: Thoughts, Responses and Questions, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2015. Moradkhani will exhibit in the upcoming group exhibition Masculinity, Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, in August 2017.
Featured Image: Azita Moradkhani, Becoming (Victorious Secrets), 2016, Coloured Pencils on Paper, 30.5 x 40.6 cm, (12 1/8 x 16 in.).