Re-Orient

2003-2005

Examining the components of the whole in isolation has dominated the Western thoughts for centuries and from such viewpoints, classification and categorization have manufactured self-serving propagandistic stereotypes. In this way of perceiving, not knowing is considered an inadequacy that must be conquered and therefore, where real knowledge lacks, a convenient substitute is imagined.
Re-Orient focuses on Stereotypical assumptions of the West regarding the East and calls for a re-evaluation of such perceptions

Artworks by Haleh Niazmand

 conceptual artist, educator, art critic and curator, living and working in Oakland, CA, USA

Virgin

With its loaded title both in Muslim and Christian countries, this inaccurately rendered painting of a young girls vagina puts the viewers on the spot to recognize their tendency of sexualizing images, even in the absence of a suggestive overtone.