Opening: Saturday, October 29 from 6pm to 8pm
A Different Country is a simple phrase, yet evokes the complexity of contemporary life. Today, war, death, and cultural clashes are ubiquitous. This onslaught of horror is bewildering, and the news coverage that documents it exposes us to the almost unfathomable burdens of our fellow man. With A Different Country, Farbiarz, who was a student of political philosophy, attempts to critically deconstruct how we experience depictions of conflict. By analyzing historical source material, her drawings acknowledge the persistence and tenacity of global violence. In doing so, Farbiarz urges us to bear witness to the seemingly endless cycles of forced migration and mass slaughter that accompany cultural conflict.
Works in A Different Country combine hand-drawn elements with collaged historical and contemporary images. The resulting tableaux achieve a palpable emotional intensity in keeping with Farbiarz’s deeply personal artistic practice–one senses the touch of her hand and the ruminations of her mind in every composition. In keeping with a storied lineage of evocative, oppositional artworks, including Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa and Picasso’s Guernica, depicted figures in A Different Country demonstrate a range of extreme physical gestures.
Their apparent anguish, toil, and sorrow encourage viewers to empathize with their fellow man. Farbiarz thus asks us to affirm their struggles as our own. Of her artistic practice, she asserts: “I see my work as coming out of a moral tradition…maybe it’s about situating myself within the world.”
Rachel Farbiarz holds a B.A. from Harvard University, where she studied social and political thought, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Before undertaking a career as an artist, Rachel practiced law in California, working to secure inmates’ rights and improve prison conditions there. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. The artist lives and works in Washington, DC.
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G Fine Art is located at 4718 14th Street NW.