Works * CV
Sanam Khatibi's practice deals with the cause and effect of trauma and loss. Fascinated by the traumatic events that mark a person's life, her work explores ideas of memory and of personal and collective experience by creating a series of unsettling narratives, provoking a sensation of the uncanny that is simultaneously familiar and strange.
Khatibi's drawings and paintings are a disquieting reminder of the afflictions that are imposed through loss. Drawing on the pervasive anxiety of natural disasters, Khatibi's works emanate a visceral anguish, which are marked by our instinctive and primal fears.
The intricate nature of Khatibi’s works implies an intimate relationship with her subjects, representing an antithesis to the apathetic distance that is projected by the mediated image.