Wild Mink (silk scarf)
Digital print on 100% Silk Twill, hand-rolled hemming
113 × 120 cm
Edition of 75 copies, signed and numbered on certificate
about this work
Wild Mink is a limited edition scarf by Sanam Khatibi. This 100% Silk Twill scarf features hand sewn hems and was produced by Maison Bucol, Lyon (FR). It depicts a scene from Sanam Khatibi’s 2016 painting No one’s going quietly.
about Sanam Khatibi
The work of the Iranian-Belgian artist Sanam Khatibi explores power structures and primary impulses, which sit on the divide between human and animal. In her paintings, embroidery, tapestries and ceramic sculptures, she questions our relation to excess, loss of control, dominance, submission, and the male-female dynamic.
While at first glance, the work of Khatibi is very appealing and seductive, a closer look reveals something is off and uneasy. Female figures take centre stage in Khatibi’s work. They are all dominant, exuberant and seductive women. The artist calls these figures ‘nymphs’, and she portrays them in the nude form in Arcadian landscapes. Within this colourful, idyllic setting, the male is present in the form of animals – such as deer, crocodiles, snakes or lions. Khatibi doesn’t differentiate between figures, animals, and landscape – they’re all of equal importance.
The relationship between these different protagonists is often one of power and ambiguity: animals are being mounted or skinned, women decapitate each other, or they make bestial love to the animals. Their interaction reminds us of our most basic instincts that touch upon the core of our bestiality.