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Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi

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"Ghaznawi’s deployment of mass-produced petro-textiles and cheap haberdashery is as precise as it is evocative. She makes no attempt to upcycle or otherwise smooth over her materials’ humble origins” - Rahel Aima (2021, October). Bulgur materialism: Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi Mousse Magazine, 77.

Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi & Marina Xenofontos, Don't Build Picturesquely, 2022 Hot Wheels Athens in collaboration with LC Queisser, Athens
Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi & Marina Xenofontos, Don't Build Picturesquely, 2022 Hot Wheels Athens in collaboration with LC Queisser, Athens
Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi & Marina Xenofontos, Don't Build Picturesquely, 2022 Hot Wheels Athens in collaboration with LC Queisser, Athens
Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi & Marina Xenofontos, 'Don't Build Picturesquely', 2022 Hot Wheels Athens in collaboration with LC Queisser, Athens

Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi & Marina Xenofontos, Don't Build Picturesquely, 2022
Hot Wheels Athens in collaboration with LC Queisser, Athens

Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, 'Hymn and Silence' at LC Queisser, Tbilisi

  • Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, 'Hymn and Silence', 2021, LC Queisser, Tbilisi
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Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, Saint, 2021, Metal, Organic glass, Fabric, Found materials, 132 × 35 × 35 cm
Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, Saint (detail), 2021, Metal, Organic glass, Fabric, Found materials, 132 × 35 × 35 cm
Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, LOVE/ Terms and Conditions, 2021, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich
Installation view, Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, 'LOVE/ Terms and Conditions', 2021, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich

Ghaznawi has recently started making paintings on scrap fabric, which habitually remain unstretched, unprimed, and ideally raw to contradict and dismantle the Western Aesthetical gesture of viewing a painting and conceptualizing it as a medium in a predetermined hierarchical way.

Flower Garden, 2021

The title of the painting, Flower Garden, is a literal suggestion of what’s on it. Very rushed and deliberately primitivistic-looking imagery rests on the irregular cut surface. The missing square is not cut out from the painting; rather, the picture is done on a leftover fabric, as Ghaznawi uses her gathered materials from everyday life and other works till the last bit.

Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi’s recent solo and duo exhibitions include Don't Build Picturesquely (with Marina Xenofontos), 2022, Hot Wheels Athens, in collaboration with LC Queisser, Athens; Hymn and Silence, 2021, LC Queisser, Tbilisi; LOVE/ Terms and Conditions, 2021, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich; Emmy Hennings / Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, 2020, Swiss Institute New York, New York; Bookshelf 3, 2020, School, Vienna; Emmy Hennings / Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, 2020 Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich; Underworld Classic, 2019, Luma Westbau & schwarzescafé, Zurich; Lefto ...

oberih - a collaborative publication of LC Queisser and understructures, and a fundraising project in frames of Liste Art Fair to support initiatives and collectives from Ukraine.

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Switzerland

Maria Bernheim

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Photo: Marc Asekhame/Periodico

Born 1995, Lives and works in Zurich.

The assemblages of Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi transgress forms and space, revealing a questioning of institutional structures and accepted ideas of craft and taste. In her sculptural transformations her processes insist on maintaining the visibility of the lowly beginnings of her materials, forming strong, shameless and rigorous poetries.

  • Exhibition view, Emmy Hennings / Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, photo: Cabaret Voltaire, Gunnar Meier
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  • Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, Installation view, Underworld Classic, schwarzescafé, Luma Westbau , Zurich, 2019, Photo: Nelly Rodrigue
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  • Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi, BOOKSHELF 2 (EMPTY, FRAGILE), Installation view of Plattform20, Kunsthalle Fribourg, photo: Guillaume Python
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