Mobina Nouri: A Thousand Tales

A Solo Exhibition Based on the Middle-Eastern Epic: One Thousand and One Nights
Curated by Roshi Rahnama

February 19th – March 12th, 2022

Public Opening:  Saturday, February 19th, 2022 @3pm – 7pm

On View Thru March 12, 2022

All are welcome to attend the opening for A THOUSAND TALES at ADVOCARTSY’s West Hollywood gallery space on Saturday, February 19th, 2022, 3 – 7 pm. Both the artist and ADVOCARTSY founder and director, Roshi Rahnama, will be present. No appointment will be necessary. Safety protocols to be observed. Proof of vaccination is required prior to entry and masks are mandatory at all times indoors.


Artist Statement
Storytelling, in the artistic practice of Mobina Nouri, is a matter of connecting ancient wisdom absorbed from her own Persian culture to her personal experiences in the modern world. In her “A Thousand Tales’’ series, the artist draws from the meta-fictions embedded
within Middle Eastern folklore and, through tender and densely detailed hand-drawings outlined in ink upon canvas, transposes them into a place where they might articulate both intimate and universal contemporary terrain.

Each piece in this body of work explores tales relayed by Shahrazād, whose meandering stories navigate complex territories, crossing geographies and cultures while negotiating love, tragedy, comedy, and erotica. Serving as a contemporary voice of Shahrazād’s nightly machinations, Nouri travels through time, interjecting her own surreal elements and supernatural beings into these visions that span increasingly elaborate tales. Interweaving unexpected elements from Western and contemporary cultures such as The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and African Bush Elephant (2020) by Crystal Morey, Nouri conjures up alternative realities. Her stories take place in a dream moment, a coming together of layers rather than linear movement through time, greeting viewers as they exist in the here and now.

The interrogation of the status of women is a recurrent theme throughout the artist’s work. Recalling the powerful dichotomy of the icon in mythology and divination, blindfolded women gracefully glide throughout her constructed universe, simultaneously symbolizing the burden of patriarchy women bear, as well as the strength they are forced to cultivate as a means to survive it. Here, through the imposition of empowered female figures Nouri charters not only the supreme wisdom of the storyteller, Shahrazād, but also succeeds in destabilizing gender roles through her figurative scenes that depict women engaging with traditionally masculine tasks.
Nouri invites the viewer to seek out hidden details, guiding and surprising them as they focus on various microcosms, only to step back to realize the situation in its entirety. Her characters – humans, animals, and natural elements – finely mapped out in ink, converge to form an ecosystem and are, as chaos theorists contend, unavoidably and symbiotically linked.

“As we increasingly prioritize individualism, I aim to show that we, as humans, remain deeply connected and, as suggested in the Butterfly Effect concept, the actions and experiences of the individual can significantly impact so many others. My art extols that we are part of one, interrelated, network of energy.”

Artist Biography
Born in Esfahan, Iran, Mobina Nouri currently lives and works in San Francisco, USA.

Mobina Nouri is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice reflects her personal history as a female immigrant who left Iran to live in the UK and later the US. Working across a variety of media, the artist mines her country’s tradition of storytelling, often turning to Persia’s literature, philosophies, and mysticism to contemplate and reconsider the complexities she bears witness to in the contemporary moment. Nouri received her BA in Performance Art and MA in Product Design from the Fine Art Faculty of Tehran University, Iran, and her Ph.D. in Creativity Science from City University London, UK.

Nouri has exhibited her work internationally. Many of her artworks have been acquired by
prominent private collections across the globe. Recently, a piece from her Poetography series
was exhibited in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, as well as featured in local and international publications. Nouri received the 2020 MOZAIK Future Art Award, the 2020 Juror’s Choice in the “Art Saves Humanity” Competition curated by a panel of renowned art world advocates & entrepreneurs, including Jerry Saltz, as well as the 2019 Juror’s choice award at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery. She was a selected juror for MOZAIK Future Art’s “Re-Imagining Democracy” exhibition in 2021 and was selected to be an artist in residence at Djerassi for their 2022 program in the Bay area. She is currently teaching Creativity methods at UC Berkeley University in Arts and Design Department.

ADVOCARTSY is a contemporary art platform specializing in Iranian contemporary art.

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