HOY SPACE: Roya Falahi

Study of Studs
September 23 to December 6, 2014
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

In conjunction with the Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), VPAM will be hosting a solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist, Roya Falahi.

Falahi is known for her large-format photography in which she combines portraiture with narrative “tableaux” compositions. With a focus on depictions of the head/upper body, Falahi’s striking photographs resonate with visual and psychological impact—they are technically flawless and often deeply ambiguous. We as the viewer are rarely afforded the opportunity to meet with the subject’s gaze; the artist often depicts herself obscured by a veiled or shrouded visage. Gesture plays an important part in our reading of the work and plays up the feelings of ambiguity. The artist’s compositional choices reflect a tension by simultaneously revealing and disguising the body.

Artist’s web site: www.royafalahi.com

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Roya Falahi, 'Headbang/Holding Space', 2011
Silver gelatin print, 11x14 in., courtesy of the artist

Roya Falahi, 'Headbang/Holding Space', 2011 Silver gelatin print, 11x14 in., courtesy of the artist