Painter Maryam Najd explores the limits of free expression

05.05.2018 - Dries Tack

When does a naked body become pornographic? Where is the line between the two and who draws it? What’s the role culture and religion when it comes to nudity? These questions are explored in Maryam Najd’s new series of paintings “The Aesthetics of Sin”.

The artwork portrays naked bodies covered only by darkness. They are not necessarily sexual but they might be perceived to be risque. Same with the darkness - it might be seen both as sensual and censoring at the same time.

Duality such as this one often emerges in Najd’s work. The reason for that is the cultural contrasts the artist gets to witness as she was brought up in Iran and now resides in Belgium. Najd likes to use her art as a way to explore the differences between Eastern and Western worlds.

Maryam Najd, 'Life of faith', 2018, oil on canvas, 220 x 130 cm

Maryam Najd, 'Life of faith', 2018, oil on canvas, 220 x 130 cm

Maryam Najd, 'Fear and trembling', 2018 oil on canvas 81 x 61 cm

Maryam Najd, 'Fear and trembling', 2018 oil on canvas 81 x 61 cm

Maryam Najd - The non-sexual focus - oil on canvas - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd, 'The non-sexual focus', oil on canvas - 81x61cm

See “The Aesthetics of Sin” at (re)D gallery in Antwerp. Open until 19th of May.

More info: (re)D

Pictures: courtesy of (re)D 

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