Transparent Body (2013) by Hayv Kahraman is an iconic example from her most sought-after series that rarely appears at auction. The Iraqi artist, who now lives and works in Los Angeles, California, has lived in Sweden, Italy, and the United States, and her paintings are equally inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings, Arab manuscripts, Japanese calligraphy, and woodblocks, but also by Persian and Indian miniature and contemporary art, pointing to her multicultural heritage. Here, the female figure is proud and elegant as she stands unclothed, with her black hair, almond-shaped eyes and scarlet lips. The composition reveals Kahraman's power and strength as a woman, while also alluding to the difficulties tied to notions of diaspora and gender.
Hayv Kahraman (b. 1981) is known for her works inspired by the issues of gender, war, and honor killings plaguing her home country of Iraq. Her works explore the spaces between Western and Middle Eastern culture through her personal story as an Iraqi emigre to Europe and the United States. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions around the world, and is included in international collections such as international collections including the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.
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