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Sanam Khatibi’s work explores notions of animality and the primal impulses that we all share. At the core of her practice is a questioning of our relationship with power structures, and the duality of triumph and failure. The recurrent themes that feature in her work are chaos, destruction, excess, loss of control, domination, and submission. Khatibi is also interested in the thin line that exists between fear and desire, and how closely they are interrelated.
 
Her subjects live on their impulses, set within alluring, exotic, and dangerous landscapes. Wildlife and animals are an integral part of her practice, and her figures are often depicted within the same plane as the flora and fauna. Power, violence, and sensuality mingle, intermix, and overlap with each other ambiguously, giving rise to multifaceted scenarios that juxtapose the animal and the human, past and present, cruelty and seduction.  
Her practice consists of paintings, embroideries, tapestries, sculptures, and installations.

Sanam Khatibi (Belgian with Iranian heritage) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
 
Her recent solo exhibitions include In my dreams, I kill him every night, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2022); Lemon Drizzle, Groeninge Museum, Bruges (2021); Cruelest of the Seas, Kunsthal Gent, Ghent (2020); The Murders of the Green River, rodolphe janssen, Brussels (2019); De ta salive qui mord, Musée d’art de la Province de Hainaut, BPS22, Charleroi (2019); An Hour Before the Devil Fell, P.P.O.W, New York (2019).
 
Khatibi’s work has also been part of institutional group shows as Abrasive Paradise, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2022); Modern Love or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2021); One Way or Another 10 years Posture Editions, S.M.A.K., Ghent (2021); Paradise, Kortrijk Triennial (2021); The Shameful Kiss, Kunstverein Dresden, Dresden (2020); Zonder kunstenaars geen kunst, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp (2020); The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019); Mademoiselle, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporaine (CRAC) Occitaine, Sète (2018); Quel amour!?, Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC), Marseille (2018); Biennial of Painting, Museum of Deinze and the Leie region, Deinze (2016).

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Solo Exhibitions
2022
In my dreams, I kill him every night, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
2021
Lemon Drizzle, Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium
2020
Cyanide, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Cruelest of the Seas, Kunsthal Gent, Ghent, Belgium
2019
An Hour Before the Devil Fell, P.P.O.W, New York, USA
De ta salive qui mord, Musée d’art de la Province de Hainaut, BPS22, Charleroi, Belgium
The Murders of the Green River, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2018
Wild Mink, artlead Salon, Brussels, Belgium
2017
Rivers in your mouth, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium
With tenderness and longing, Billboard Series: Art in Public Space, Artlead, Ghent, Belgium  
No church in the wild, The Cabin LA, Los Angeles, USA
2016
Le jardin décomposé, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium
The hollow in the ferns, NICC, Brussels, Belgium
2015
Ask me nicely, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium
2014
Séduire ou crever de faim, Island, Brussels, Belgium
 
Group Exhibitions
2022
Modern Love: or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Finis Terrae, Snijders&Rockoxhuis, Antwerp, Belgium
Abrasive Paradise, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
The Natural World: Part II, Alexander Berggruen, New York, USA
2021
Modern Love or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
One Way or Another 10 years Posture Editions, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium
Paradise, Kortrijk Triennial, Kortrijk, Belgium
Beyond the Looking Glass, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, USA
Mirrored Infinities, The Agprognostic Temple, Brussels, Belgium
Chants of a Gargoyle, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Belgium
2020
The Shameful Kiss, Kunstverein Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Tears of Eros, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Zonder kunstenaars geen kunst, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium
2019
The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Some Trees, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Salon de Peinture, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium
2018
Nightfall, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
Terres de Femmes, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
Mademoiselle, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporaine (CRAC) Occitaine, Sète, France
Op de grond, tussenin of aan de hemel, Ten Bogaerde, Coxyde, Belgium
100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
SEED, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Dead Eden, Lyles & King, New York, USA
What are you staring at?, Eduardo Secci, Florence, Italy
Quel amour!?, Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC), Marseille, France
NICC  20 Years Jubilee, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium
Weeping, Dreaming, Fucking, Laughing, Wschód Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2017
Hecate, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, USA
Dalonaz, Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Listening to The Form, Panthera, Brussels, Belgium
2016
Summer in the City, Christine Konig Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Biennial of Painting, Museum of Deinze and the Leie region, Deinze, Belgium
Balls & Glory, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2015
Louise 186, Brussels Art Days, Brussels, Belgium
Me, myself and I, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium
Palourdes cuites, Christopher Crescent, Brussels, Belgium
Every day I’m..., Harlan Levey, Brussels, Belgium
2014 
The Penthouse Art Event, Harlan Levey Projects, Bloom Hotel, Brussels, Belgium
2013 
Thalie Art Project, Brussels, Belgium
2012   
The Antagonist, Waterside Contemporary, London, United Kingdom
 
Public Collections
Art Gallery of Ontario
Belfius Art Collection
Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
Musée d’art de la Province de Hainaut, BPS22
Centraal Museum Utrecht
Musée d’lxelles
Province du Hainaut
S.M.A.K.


 

Exhibitions
Sanam Khatibi In my dreams, I kill him every night
Nightfall
Curated by: Erika Verzutti, Fernanda Brenner, Milovan Farronato
Publications
Great Women Painters My garden is wilder than yours Cyanide
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