Vincent Price Art Museum’s photography exhibition, HOY SPACE: Roya Falahi, showcases artist Falahi’s striking tableau compositions along with her sculptural work create a compelling investigation into contemporary issues pertaining to identity and culture. Known for her large-format photography in which she combines portraiture with narrative “tableaux” compositions, Falahi’s work is informed by a variety of sources, from the current global-political context and Iranian-American culture, to hard-rock music and pop culture/fashion imagery. With a focus on depictions of the head/upper body, Falahi’s striking photographs resonate with visual and psychological impact—they are technically flawless and often deeply ambiguous. We as the viewer are rarely afforded the opportunity to meet with the subject’s gaze; the artist often depicts herself obscured by a veiled or shrouded visage. Gesture plays an important part in our reading of the work and plays up the feeling of ambiguity. The artist’s compositional choices reflect a tension by simultaneously revealing and disguising the body.
For the exhibition at VPAM, Falahi will be including some of the sculptural work that she creates in tandem her tableau compositions. Her newest text-based pieces are crafted from similar studded materials often represented in her photographs.
Born in Washington D.C. in 1980, Roya Falahi received her BA in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine in 2002, and her MFA in photography from UCLA in 2006. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including a solo show at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, CA. Selected group shows include "Everyone’s Time is Their Own" at Alter Space in San Francisco, “Chockablock, at University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, and “From LA to Tehran: Mapping the Transitional State of Contemporary Iranian Art” at The Guild Gallery in New York City. Falahi's work is featured in the 2009 publication Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, and has been published in Beautiful Decay magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She lives and works in Los Angeles.