Sophia Contemporary is pleased to announce the gallery’s second exhibition, a series of mixed media works and drawings by the artist Mehrdad Khataei in his first solo exhibition in London. The artist will present sixteen recent mixed media artworks and sixteen drawings from his ongoing Shadows series which depict the aftermath of an undefined catastrophe, using it as a basis to explore the tension between chaos and order which exists in society. Having experienced first-hand the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, Khataei interrogates the nature of the modern condition through his multi-layered images, aiming to reveal the shadowy part of humanity and throw into relief what he perceives to be the fine line between normality and insanity inherent within the structures of contemporary civilisation.
Khataei’s artworks have been shown in numerous national and international biennials and exhibitions. His work features in many public art collections including the Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan; The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA; The International Print Center New York (IPCNY), USA; The Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Russia; The Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, China and The Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts, Turkey (IMOGA).
Mehrdad Khataei: Shadows will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introduction written by Alexander Borovsky, Head of the Department of Contemporary Art, the State Russian Museum.