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Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Art / Middle East

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Sara Rahbar
B. 1976
IRANIAN
FLAG #11 RESCUE ME FROM WHO I AM AND FROM WHAT I AM BECOMING
printed US flag, bullets, stitched letters and mixed media
244 by 132cm.; 96 by 52in.
Executed in 2008-2010, this work is unique. 
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Provenance

Carbon 12, Dubai
Acquired directly from the above by the previous owner in 2012 

Exhibited

Sharjah, 10th Sharjah Biennial, Ten works from the Series 'Flag','War' and 'Love Letter', 16 March-16 May 2011

Catalogue Note

Using the flag as a recurrent motif throughout her work, Sara Rahbar explores the concepts of nationalism, ideology and belonging. 

In works such as the ones from the Flags series in which traditional fabrics are reworked to create textile collages of American and Iranian flags, Rahbar considers the ways in which a symbol of patriotism and independence can simultaneously represent ideological and nationalistic violence. 

Referencing both the historical avant-garde and left-wing democratic movements as forms of resistance against the logic of contemporary capitalism, her work aims to challenge the binaries of 'self' and 'other', 'cannibal' and 'civilised'.

20th Century Art / Middle East

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London