Los Angeles, CA – Join conceptual artist
Gita Khashabi on Saturday, April 6, 2002 as she unveils
her latest body of work Chadoor Study at a brand
new gallery space called
SHE@studio in Century
City. The artist reception which runs from 7:00pm until
11:00pm kicks off a month-long exhibit by Iranian/American
Khashabi who is known for creative visual presentations which
explore the hidden structures of female Muslim identity while
attempting to expose the bias of Western culture created by
female Muslim limitations. Her April exhibit will consider
the chadoor (the traditional female covering; a Persian word
for a tent or a veil in English) and its implications in
modern Middle Eastern society through various installations
such as mixed-media paintings, sketches, assemblages, a video
installation and a food installation. The public will have an
opportunity to meet artist Khashabi and to discuss her work
and history as a visual artist and her unique subject matter
at the reception.
Of the various installations on view on April 6th
“Soffre-h”, the food installation, will be the most
interactive. Khashabi explains, “Soffre-h (meaning
tablecloth) is a traditional Muslim religious offering made by
women for women consisting of food, sweets, text, songs, dance
and tears. The process of preparing food for a party of fifty
women or more each time one desires something from Allah has
been kept alive for over fourteen hundred years.“ Customarily
women sit around a long, large white tablecloth. For
Khashabi’s installation 200 pounds of sugar will serve as the
tablecloth. The “Soffre-h” begins promptly at 8:30pm
and the female art patrons are invited to join in - sit, eat
and be part of the installation.
The video installation, “Namaz,” loops a
tri-lingual prayer though the “face” of a traditional Prayer
Chadoor that is spread open. And the mixed-media paintings
entitled “Body Works” expresses Khashabi’s recurrent
themes of female identity through traditional media such as
acrylics along with wax and women’s body hair. The assemblage
portion entitled “Even Barbie’s Are Veiled by Law”
displays Barbie dolls in black chadoors installed on a map of
Born in Tehran, Iran, Khashabi considers
herself in “self-imposed exile,” from her home country.
Studying in Germany and Italy before coming to California in
the early 1990s, Khashabi earned a BA in Visual Arts from
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 1996 and
studied for one year in
their MFA Creative and Critical writing program.
Khashabi’s art mirrors the daily lives of Muslim women, with
new restrictions that were placed on their freedom twenty
years ago by the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Currently living in Los Angeles, Khashabi has
had two other exhibitions focusing on the chadoor recently.
She was invited to present her performance piece entitled
“Chadoor” for the 2001 Day of Remembrance at the
Japanese American National Museum on February 16, 2002 and by
the Levantine Cultural Center in a short play series, The
New Millennium Project: Response to September 11th
at Beyond Baroque on December 20, 2001. She has also been
involved in many group and solo exhibitions since coming to
California at such galleries as Track 16 and Side Street
For this upcoming art exhibit, a 5,000 square
foot area has been generously donated for Khashabi’s use and
she hopes to curate other artist’s shows there in the near
future. SHE@studio is located in Watt Plaza at 1875
Century Park East, Suite #1130, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
From Santa Monica Blvd. turn South on Century Park East and
then turn right (West) into the first public parking structure
(if you hit Constellation Blvd., you’ve gone too far).
Parking is free for all Chadoor Study guests.
For those who miss the opportunity to meet Gita
Khashabi and experience her work during the opening night
reception of this new exhibit, the SHE@studio will be open the
next day, Sunday, April 7th at noon and each
subsequent weekend thereafter through the month of April from
12noon until 5:00pm.
information contact Lynn Hasty at Green Galactic at
(323) 466-5141 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact SHE@studio directly