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May 5 - Jun 19, 2021
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Iraqi artist Mohammed Sami. Entitled ‘Apocrypha’ the exhibition brings together recent paintings by the acclaimed Goldsmiths graduate.
Mohammed Sami’s paintings explore the stratifications of memory and trauma triggered by common everyday objects and environments. He employs diffused and layered messages that can be read in multiple ways to grasp our imagination.
The narrative in Sami’s works, while still expressing a lingering subversive tension, has moderated since its more expressive beginnings. The once almost violent subject matters have given way to more domestic and intimate settings, the overall approach has become rather reflective.
Rather than directly relating to the Iraq conflict, which he witnessed first-hand, Sami’s paintings articulate its recollection remotely and obliquely – usually through traditional painting subjects such as still-life, interiors and landscapes, pervaded by a sense of unease, absence and metaphorical allusion.


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