Composed, Reshaped and hand-stitched, Hoda zarbaf’s compositions and sculptures are made up of recycled knick-knacks, pre-owned clothing, abandoned furniture and orphan dolls Collecting the abandoned pieces of clothing or house items, which have at some point been intimately in touch with the human body, is rather a try to reconnect with the pasts and bring back the lost past.

Zarbaf takes her narrative to a new dimension by embedding time-based media such as video, sound and lights in the sculptures. At her 2016 Tehran exhibition, she writes a letter to a friend (as her art statement) and expresses, that she thinks these days we are more the travellers of time than of space. She, therefore, leads the so-called floral materials from the past and passes them through the time. To further communicate these passages, Zarbaf interweaves different mediums into each other to further: Industrial wheels carrying a box with stuffed dolls on them; or Soft oozing forms which are stitched around old monitors while exposing human hair or cast limbs.

The artist uses pre-owned or vintage textiles– along with the traditional folk practice of stitching and patching– to reconnect with the pasts and bring back the lost intimacy. Hoda’s work borrow their identity, both in form and concept, from the unity of the dichotomies. In her making, the artist marries contrary concepts to achieve the optimum: soft and concrete, dispensable and invaluable, humorous and tedious or old and new.


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