Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani were born (1990) and raised in Tehran, Iran, and are collaborative twin artists. They have been painting together since they were thirteen years old, and continue to work inseparably. After training under Farimah Farhatnia, the sisters studied painting, performance, video, installation, conceptual art, and poetry at the University of Tehran. Recently, they received their Masters degrees in Studio Arts from the College of Art, Media & Design at Northeastern University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They have shown their work extensively in the United States and internationally in solo and group shows, including the German Embassy, The Massachusetts State House, Yuan Art Museum in China, and various galleries.
The solo-exhibition at Adelson Galleries Boston, Projecting Her, will feature Farzaneh and Bahareh’s innovative video projections onto painted canvas. The two create stunning and dramatic compositions of one another within dark interiors. The paintings by themselves are uniquely beautiful. However, in this new body of work, the artists have projected videos of figures walking through the interiors they depicted on canvas. The effect is visually stimulating and adds even more depth to the narratives in paint. The subject matter seems to allude to a conversation about identity. Not only are the identical twins raising questions about personal individuality, but they also call attention to their identities as Iranian women – often depicting a black cloth or burka, slightly covering their nude bodies. The gallery will be transformed into an immersive space, inviting viewers to participate with the thought-provoking installations.