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Samira Abbassy: An Autobiography & Other Confessions

United Arab Emirates / Dubai : Exhibition
Samira Abbassy: An Autobiography & Other Confessions
at XVA Gallery
Feb 7, 2015 - Apr 1, 2015
XVA Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Iranian born, New York based, artist Samira Abbassy. This is the first time Abbassy will exhibit her work in the UAE. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday February 7th, 2015, from 6-9pm. She will be available for interviews and tours from the 5th - 9th February, 2015.

The exhibition will consist of oil paintings on canvas or gesso panel, accompanied by works on paper, from 2009-2014. Abbassy’s works are very process based, exploring ideas of cultural identity as expressed through self-portraits and re-interpreted stories of her homeland. Abbassy states ‘I use self-portraiture as a way of examining and defining myself in a constantly shifting cultural context. Although seemingly autobiographical, the figures are not me, but “the archetypal self”. “The Self” is examined as a phenomenon which combines autobiographical, cultural, psychic and chemical aspects, in which events/ narratives become incorporated into or cause dismemberment of the body.’
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