Dynamic Duo: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh.

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh met at the Villa Arson in France while earning their MFAs in painting and film. After a period of crippling depression, Farkhondeh moved into Amer’s studio in 2000 for emotional support. While alone in the studio, Farkhondeh began to “improve” Amer’s works in progress. She was surprised by Farkhondeh’s contributions, and invited him to continue to participate in her work. They chose RFGA—their initials combined—as an artistic moniker, and embarked on an eighteen year collaboration.

The artists maintain their practice in separate locations, passing works back and forth. Farkhondeh adds forms atop Amer’s sensual portraits of women, creating bold collisions of imagery that the artists describe as “a mutant riddle…a type of creation that resists control.” For Wonder Women and Kiss Cross are two of those riddles. Both are lithographs with hand-sewn elements, created by the artists in 2006.

Above: Reza Farkhondeh and Ghada Amer in their studio. Photo by Barbara Fässler.

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
Kiss Cross
lithograph with hand-sewn elements
24 x 30 in
2006

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh
For Wonder Woman
lithograph with hand-sewn elements
20 x 30 in
2006

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