Part of Modern Love

Deadly Nightshade

Sanam Khatibi

(Tehran, Iran)
2020 – oil on canvas

Khatibi’s dreamlike, tranquil landscapes are the backdrop for grisly acts of violence. What initially appears to be a charming story is completely undermined, as sometimes happens in fairy tales.

These women are engaged in a life and death struggle. Khatibi mixes European visual language with autobiographical elements from her Persian culture in scenes with an unreal atmosphere. But while Surrealist artists such as René Magritte objectified the female body, Khatibi plays with the male fear of female aggression.

– Laurie Cluitmans – curator of contemporary art


Centraal Museum purchase with support from the Mondriaan Fund 2021


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