Darya Ershad e Janan Nozari – LEILI

Italiano (Italian)

Curated by: Cristina Gilda Artese
Dates:   From 11 February 2021 to 10 March 2021
Opening: Wednesday 10 February in the manner permitted by the ministerial decree in force. By invitation only, reservation and upon confirmation by the gallery with 2 access shifts: from 6 to 7 pm and from 7 to 8 pm.
Location:   Gilda Contemporary Art – via San Maurilio 14 – Milan

Darya Ershad and Janan Nozari question the theme of female identity and stereotypes not yet definable as “ancient” as they are the subject of continuous debate even in the contemporary era. Their questions, starting from the strong mold of Middle Eastern women, pass through the contaminations and the gaze turned to new Western female models, without finding certain and absolute answers.

Surprising how this issue, not at all resolved in an era of hopeful yet far overcoming of certain limits and boundaries for women, is proposed again in even more contradictory terms where femininity no longer translates only into a self-determined choice of being a woman – independent and emancipated mother or woman.

In a time when motherhood no longer concerns only gender, being a woman can no longer identify herself exclusively in this choice, however visceral and historically strongly identifying both from a sociological or ideological point of view.

There are many aspects that can be glimpsed in the plots of about twenty works on show, almost all of small size, where fabrics, threads, embroideries, darning, weave a dialogue between the two artists that goes beyond the borders of their origins and caters to the entire female landscape.

Janan Nozari Portrait of a woman #14, hand embroidery on white stocking, 20cm

Janan Nozari  Portrait of a woman #13, hand embroidery on white stocking, 20cm

Janan Nozari  Flesh & Blood, embroidery on cotton, 46×46 cm

Ershad dyes the fabrics used with natural pigments and superimposes the transparencies of the materials, as if to signify the many facets of a single feeling, letting thin and branched threads escape; Nozari uses undergarments, stockings and tights mounted on circles, which recall the embroidery looms and which evoke contrasting emotions of intimate fears and erotic expectations.

Darya Ershad “Le ali inchiodate” (The wings nailed) 30×40. Wool, Cotton, Thread, Acrylic. 2020

Darya Ershad “Lacrime” (Tears) 40×50. Cotton, Thread, Ink. 2020

Also on display is a medium-sized work performed in Italy by Darya Ershad but conceived and designed together with her colleague Janan Nozari currently residing in Iran, where words and poetry in the Farsi language, embroidered on the fabric, merge joining the souls of the two artists, also biographically different albeit similar.

Barbara Pavan

English version Sono nata a Monza nel 1969 ma cresciuta in provincia di Biella, terra di filati e tessuti. Mi sono occupata lungamente di arte contemporanea, dopo aver trasformato una passione in una professione. Ho curato mostre, progetti espositivi, manifestazioni culturali, cataloghi e blog tematici, collaborando con associazioni, gallerie, istituzioni pubbliche e private. Da qualche anno la mia attenzione è rivolta prevalentemente verso l’arte tessile e la fiber art, linguaggi contemporanei che assecondano un antico e mai sopito interesse per i tappeti ed i tessuti antichi. Su ARTEMORBIDA voglio raccontare la fiber art italiana, con interviste alle artiste ed agli artisti e recensioni degli eventi e delle mostre legate all’arte tessile sul territorio nazionale.