Lisson Gallery

Shirazeh Houshiary: Through Breath

10 November – 18 December 2004

Shirazeh Houshiary: Through Breath

“I set out to capture my breath, to find the essence of my own experience, transcending name, nationality, cultures.” Shirazeh Houshiary

Lisson Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Shirazeh Houshiary. This will be her sixth solo exhibition with the gallery, her first since 2000, and will include a 4-screen animation work.

Breath has occupied a central position in Houshiary’s entire oeuvre. The sense of expansion and contraction characterising inhalation and exhalation is evident from her early sculptures of 1992-93. Later, in paintings such as Presence, 2000, breath leaves its mark as an elusive presence, a form that vanishes as soon as it enters visibility. Its absence begs for presence. She continues this theme in a new animated work not previously shown in the UK.

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