Hayv Kahraman: Leveled Leisure, 2010

Hayv Kahraman

I’m currently loving the work of Hayv Kahraman which I came across this past weekend and am busy looking up more info on the web about her.

As a brief intro, read this excerpt from the Joslyn Art museum bio – currently showing an exhibition of Hayv Kahraman’s work:

In Kahraman’s paintings, the eastern and western worlds collide, and the female body is caught in the crosshairs. She attributes her fascination with the human form in part to having been raised in an Arab culture, where women’s bodies are contested and politicized, yet she explains that moving to the United States as an adult was also formative in the development of her language. Since arriving in this country, the artist has witnessed the barrage of exterior forces and belief systems that impact women’s bodies, which are often treated as malleable objects. As such, the female subjects of her work embody a variety of desirable personas — regal, playful, sensuous — but just as often are portrayed as distorted, disfigured, or broken.

if you like what you see here, google, or visit, Hayv Kahraman for more.

All images courtesy and copyright of Hayv Kahraman.

Hayv Kahraman, Three Women Hanging
Hayv Kahraman, Three Women Hanging
Hayv Kahraman
Hayv Kahraman
Hayv Kahraman, Musical Chairs, 2010
Hayv Kahraman, Musical Chairs, 2010

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