55:56: A Multimedia Installation by Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi – AGGREGATE SPACESHIP
October 4 - November 16
A multimedia installation by Baharak & Behnaz Khaleghi
4 October – 16 November 2019
“For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (I Corinthians 11:8-9)
“In them [gardens] are women limiting [their] glances, untouched before them by man or jinni.”(Ayah 56, Sura Ar-Rahman)
Houris are described as incarnations of perfection; beautiful women who are gifted to men in heaven. Harmful ideologies of a “perfect woman are written into texts across cultures, creating paradoxes in which women are scrutinized for inevitably falling short of these standards. Through satire, Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi begin to subvert our expectations of this ideology by asking questions about women’s relation to patriarchal structures.
Aggregate Space Gallery presents 55:56, a multimedia installation, exploring an alternate and private space for houris, where they are able to embrace and indulge in both humanly and heavenly desires, free from the expectations of others. This exhibition is curated by Laine Corfield and Sophia Feuer as the culminating project of Aggregate Space Gallery’s annual intensive Curatorial Fellowship.
4 October 2019 6-10pm
Second Saturday Artist Talk
12 October 11am
First Friday Event
1 November 5-8pm
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 1-5pm
and by appointment
Aggregate Space Gallery
Aggregate Spaceship at
Warehouse 416-, 416 26th St. Unit E
Oakland, CA 94612
Aggregate Space Gallery programs are generously supported by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Neda Nobari Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Artist Name: Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi
About Artist: Behnaz and Baharak Khaleghi (https://www.behnazandbaharak.com/) are multimedia artists and collaborators originating from Iran who currently live in the Bay Area where Behnaz pursued her MFA at the University of California Berkeley, and Baharak pursued hers at San Jose State University. In their practice, deploying an array of mediums, they seek alternative ways of making feminist art in a Middle Eastern context, usually paying attention to the potentials of humor and pleasure while simultaneously embracing the aesthetics of disgust and push against taste to develop new categories for beauty; what is pleasurable and libidinous for women as defined by women, offensive to male taste and its ownership. Behnaz's work has been acclaimed and chosen among Bay Area emerging artists as part of the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards program and has been exhibited in spaces such as the De Young Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. Baharak's work has been exhibited in spaces such as the De Young Museum and Root Division Gallery in San Francisco.