XVA Gallery will be staging a solo exhibition of the works of Iranian born artist Samira Abbassy. The exhibition, entitled An Autobiography & Other Confessions, will open February 7, with a chance to meet the New York resident artist.

The works on display were all produced between 2009 and 2014 and explore, through oil on canvas or gresso, the ideas of cultural identity. Abbassy's exploration is largley through the use of self-portraiture, she explains more:

"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."

Abbassy's profile has been on the rise, with growing demand from private and public collectors, which includes: the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the British Government Art Collection and the Burger Collection. An impressive list of admirers by any standard. Her popularity has warranted reviews from esteemed publications such as The Financial Times, Newsday and The New York Times.

Samira Abbassy

Samira Abbassy

Samira Abbassy

Samira Abbassy

 

An Autobiography & Other Confessions runs at the XVA Gallery February 7 – April 1, 2015