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“In this project, I am re-weaving my childhood memories of the bazaar, transforming and deforming it to offer my viewers a sense of place and time alongside an awareness of the politicized present.” – Hangama Amiri

Hangama Amiri (1989, Kabul) is an Afghan-Canadian artist, whose work concentrates on topics such as feminism, geopolitics and gender. Pivotal in her artistic practice is the attention given to Afghan costumes and, more generally, to the Islamic culture. The aim of opening up a different point of view on Afghan traditions is a self-conscious position based on Amiri’s background. Having grown up in Nova Scotia (Canada) and being currently based in New Haven (Connecticut), she looks back at her native country, where she lived until the age of six, through a critical approach with the aim at celebrating the contemporary lifestyle of Afghan women.

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artworks on view 

Hangama Amiri
Bazaar, 2020
 cotone, chiffon, mussola, seta, camoscio, tessuto intrecciato digitalmente, tessuto camouflage, tessuto sari, stampa a getto d’inchiostro su carta o tela, plastica, pittura acrilica, evidenziatore, poliestere, tovaglia, finta pelle e tessuti trovati
427 × 793 cm

Hangama Amiri
Haji Saleh Zadah, Goldsmith, 2020
 cotone, chiffon, mussola, seta, velluto, tovaglia, lino, carta da parati a stampa a getto d’inchiostro su carta, carta iridescente, evidenziatore, poliestere, perline, plastica, pittura acrilica, camoscio, e tessuti trovati
307 × 236 cm

Hangama Amiri
Malalai, Tailor Shop, 2020
 cotone, chiffon, mussola, seta, camoscio, tessuto afgano ricamato a mano, stringhe, pittura acrilica, pizzo, gouache, evidenziatore, poliestere, tessuto mimetico, carta iridescente, tessuti trovati
274 × 216 cm

Hangama Amiri
Sahar, Nail Salon #1, 2020
cotone, chiffon, mussola, seta, camoscio, carta, plastica, stampa a getto d’inchiostro su carta, evidenziatore, poliestere, e tessuti trovati
282 × 387 cm

Hangama Amiri
Sahar, Nail Salon #2, 2020
 cotone, mussola, camoscio e seta
79 × 234 cm

Hangama Amiri
Sahar, Nail Salon and Eyelash Extensions #3, 2020
chiffon, pittura acrilica, e stampa a getto d’inchiostro su seta
311 × 217 cm

Hangama Amiri
Madam, Mariam Beauty Salon, 2020
cotone, chiffon, mussola, seta, camoscio, stringhe, tessuto mimetico, stampa a getto d’inchiostro su carta, evidenziatore, poliestere, e tessuti trovati
282 × 221 cm

Hangama Amiri
Khatool Muhammadzai, The Victory is Ours, 2020
cotone, chiffon, mussola, poliestere, velluto, seta, camoscio, tessuto mimetico, gouache e evidenziatore
213 × 163 inches

Hangama Amiri
The National Championship Team of Afghanistan, 2020
 cotone, chiffon, mussola, camoscio, pelle finta
152 × 216 cm

Hangama Amiri
Vote, 2020
cotone, chiffon, mussola, seta, camoscio, e tessuto afgano ricamato a mano
104 × 213 cm

artist’s portfolio

As an Afghan refugee woman, I produce textile works that evoke my personal diaspora as a means to investigate the politics of gender in Islamic culture, while also celebrating feminine subjects that have been deemed taboo. My work begins by culling fabrics from stores in New York, which are imported from markets in India and bazaars in Afghanistan. I then cut and stitch together various textiles, fabrics, and clothing into visually seductive compositions as a way of celebrating Afghan women’s feminism and identities in visual art. The act of sewing these different sources together in my work becomes a metaphor for uniting fragmented identities that have had to live in multiple geographies around the world. In my fabric installations I choose to not only forefront women-dominated spaces, such as beauty parlors, but also subversive depictions of items banned by the Taliban, such as red lipstick, shiny fabrics, and nail polish. I use these symbols to give Afghan women a sense of freedom and power in their own sensuality, sexuality, desire, and pleasure; this is in contrast to the Islamic norms of women’s bodies being something very private, secret, and hidden behind a veil.

 

Hangama Amiri
Macroyan Kohna #1, 2020
chiffon, cotton, suede, silk, denim, mesh-screen textile, shoelace, hanging wires, bamboo cord, printed paper image, found fabrics
452 × 589.3 cm

Hangama Amiri
Macroyan Kohna #2, 2020
chiffon, cotton, silk, bamboo cord, shoelace, printed paper image, found fabrics
238.8 × 195.6 cm

Hangama Amiri
Bahar, Beauty Parlor (Arayeshgahe, Bahar), 2019
color ink-marker, gouache paint on fabric, cotton, chiffon, denim, printed paper, acid-eye on chiffon, found fabrics
297.2 × 731.5 cm

Hangama Amiri
Love with no Strings Attached, 2019
chiffon, cotone, seta, tessuto per jeans, rete di lana tessuta a mano, evidenziatore, ciuffi di cotone, tessuto stampato, tessuto colorato, tessuti trovati
340.4 × 243.9 cm

Hangama Amiri
Jannah/Paradise #1, 2019
pittura a guazzo, evidenziatore, cotone, tessuto Afgano ricamato a mano, tessuti trovati
304.8 × 289.6 cm

Hangama Amiri
Zhvandun/Life, 2019
chiffon, cotone, seta, tessuto serigrafato, cinghia bianca, stringhe e tessuti trovati
370.8 × 315 cm

Hangama Amiri
When I Saw You, 2019
pittura gouache su tessuto, carta marrone, evidenziatore a inchiostro colorato, cotone, chiffon, tessuto afgano ricamato a mano e tessuto trovato
274.3 × 183 cm

Hangama Amiri
Jannah (Paradise) #2, 2019
 pittura a guazzo, evidenziatore a inchiostro colorato, carta marrone, tessuto Afgano ricamato a mano e tessuti trovati
320 × 192 cm

Hangama Amiri
The Garden of Happiness, 2019
 pittura gouache su tessuto, chiffon, cotone, evidenziatori a inchiostro colorati, tessuto afgano ricamato a mano e tessuti trovati
243.8 × 152.4 cm

 

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