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Interview between haleh jamali and kahkeshan tv

Haleh Jamali (Persian: هاله جمالی) is an Iranian artist currently living and working in Scotland-UK. She works with a wide range of media and techniques that includes painting, photography, installation, video and performance.She completed her Bachelor of Arts in painting at College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran in 2005. Later in 2007, she received her MA in Art and Media Practice from the University of Westminster, London, UK. In her works she looks at the hidden layers beneath the visible, using the mediums of painting and installation.


Edinburgh iranian festival 2011 painting exhibition face off by haleh jamali maryam hashemi


Jamali’s interest in portraiture and narrative stems from her desire to address the social aspects of representation, particularly of the female gender. Jamali states: “For me, the diversity, versatility, and unrivalled ability of portraits to communicate, make them an enigma. Indeed, my particular concern is to reveal the paradoxes and ambiguities behind the eyes of the portrait subject who tries to communicate emotions, arrest attention, and often express feelings of both attraction and repulsion”. Encouraging an intimate relationship between the viewer and the subject, Jamali considers how an individual’s identity can be constructed in relation to Others, while simultaneously suggesting that the Self and the Other are inseparable.

In Sep 2014, Haleh trained at Charles H. Cecil Studios for advanced Portraiture Painting using the Sight-size method from life in Florence-Italy and currently working on new series of portraits.

Installation and Video works

Jamali's installations and video works are often focus on themes of identity. She has been included in exhibition such as Finalist Exhibition of 6°Arte Laguna Prize, Nappe of Arsenale of Venice –Italy, Fashion Art Toronto Festival, multi-arts event, Toronto-Canada, HB55 Räume der Kunst, Berlin Germany, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto-Canada; Edinburgh Iranian festival, Edinburgh- UK and La Viande Gallery, London-UK.

In her Someone who is not like anyone (2007), she created a single-screen video installation exploring the depth of female identity that is primarily based on women appearance by focusing on how their identity can be made fluid by different type of clothing.This video first exhibited in relation to the installation it originally animated. A surrounding chamber out of transparent black fabric through which the viewer can see a distant video image; a series of portrait images on a different plane. The painting was at the entrance of the installation and the intense gaze of the portrait image invited the viewer to find out what dwelled behind the surface. When the audience entered the installation, they confronted a glass bin, which held a reflection of both the changing projected photographic portrait and the viewer. The glass serves as a mirror, and encouraged the viewer to recognise that, as with the changing portrait image, they too might be identified as 'the Other'. In response, viewers were encouraged to develop their own narrative, depending on their life experience. The audience was afforded contrasting experiences through the softly billowing fabric that surrounds the installation and through the sharply slashed surface of the painting.

In Departure (2011), she collaborates for the first time with a performer; Monica De Ioanni.In this work, the figure is set against a white ground wrapped in fabric to create different shapes, sometimes very abstract ones. Haleh always was fascinated by the relationship between women and fabric and more specifically the drapes and forms created by the veil and the invisible gaze of the veiled women. Monica here uses fabric as a symbolic means to show the struggles and sometimes the frustration of individuals whose identity have been disguised. In her endeavour she tries to overcome the obstacles and reveal her identity.

In Layers (2011), she presents her self-portrait in two large-scale simultaneous projections which move in coordinated timing. In the first projection she applies clay to her face and covers the surface of the face while in the second projection she wipes her face with her hand and, in doing so, cleans its surface to reveal her face underneath. In this symmetrical composition, which can be aggressively confrontational, she employs clay as a metaphorical tool for articulating transformation of internal and external selves. By exploring the notion of masking identity, Haleh focuses on alienation and transformation of one's self. Masking alludes to one of the iconic characteristics of identity perceived in a different cultural context as means of transforming, disguising or displaying identity.


During her career, she was interviewed by the press including Reza Jalali for Shargh newspaper during her exhibition in Atbin gallery in 2005, Sara dehghan for Voice of America's Persian News Network (VOA) ( Shabahang program ) in 2010 and Florence Somer Gavage for Kahkeshan TV during her exhibition as a part of Edinburgh Iranian Festival in 2011 and more recently interviewed by Bahar Navai for Jadid online and BBC Radio Scotland in 2012.


2015 - ArtvideoKOELN - audiovisual experiences 01,Tenri KulturWerkstatt e.V. Cologne,Germany - F for Female, Festival Miden, DAF (Festival of Deviant Arts),Geneva, Switzerland - F for Female, International Women's Day,Festival Miden, The amphitheater of "Ergatiko Kentro", Kalamata,Greece - Nietzsche Was A Man,Pori Art Museum,Finland 2014 - Total zero*!,10th Festival Miden, Kalamata's Historic Center,Greece - Nietzsche Was A Man, Malmö Konsthall museum, C-salen,Sweden 2013 - 26th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France - Nietzsche Was A Man,VideoBabel, Peruvian - North American Cultural Institute of Cusco, Peru - FILE Media Art 2013, FIESP Cultural Centre,São Paulo, Brazil - Nietzsche Was A Man,Fonlad, Digital Art Festival Coimbra, Portugal - Nietzsche Was A Man,Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico - Muslima, International Museum of Women, curated by Samina Ali -That Person Who Is Your Creation, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia-USA -I Had Never Seen A Woman Conduct An Orchestra, The Market Studios Gallery,Dublin, Republic of Ireland - Borders, Edinburgh Iranian festival,Arts complex,group show, Edinburgh-UK (Curated by Haleh Jamali) -TOMS Art of Giving, Whitespace Gallery,Charity exhibition, Edinburgh-UK 2012 -PPF festival, Unit24 Gallery,group show, London, UK -25th Festival Les Instants Vidéo,group show, Marseille, France -Nuit Blanch, Arta Gallery,group show, Toronto-Canada -Anatomy #2, Summerhall,group show, Edinburgh, UK -Art Today Association, Center for Contemporary Art, 2012 Facade Video Festival,group show, Old Town of Plovdiv- Bulgaria -Trees of Life, Mural painting, Paradise Restored exhibition, commissioned by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh-UK -50/50,Queen Gallery,Toronto-Canada -The Venice Art Night, Arte Laguna Prize,Telecom Future Centre, Venice -Italy -Artist Wanted, Art Takes Times Square billboard, NY, USA -|FAT| Fashion Art Toronto Festival,multi-arts event, group show,Toronto-Canada -Finalist Exhibition of Arte Laguna Prize, Nappe of Arsenale, group show, Venice -Italy 2011 -HB55 Räume der Kunst, FACES/PLACES/SPACES, group show, Berlin-Germany -Arts complex, Pose, Edinburgh Fringe festival, solo show, Edinburgh-UK -Out of the Blue, Art of Leith Exhibition - Leith Festival '11,Multi arts space, group show, Edinburgh-UK -Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Here and There, group show, Toronto-Canada -Out of the Blue, Face Off, Multi arts space, Edinburgh Iranian festival, group show, Edinburgh-UK 2010 Newheaven exhibition space, Neither here nor there, group show, Edinburgh-UK 2009 Patriothhall Gallery, Pause, group show, Edinburgh-UK Collective Gallery, Stand by, group show, Edinburgh-UK 2007 La Viande Gallery, Proof (?) of Identity, group show, London-UK 2002-05 Iran Atbin Gallery, solo show, Tehran-Iran Daryabeygi gallery, solo show, Tehran-Iran Wall+House+Painting, Site specific work, group show, Tehran- Iran -Elaheh gallery, group show, Tehran-Iran


-6° International Arte Laguna Prize,Shortlisted, Nappe of Arsenale of Venice -Italy, 2012 -Arts Education in Practice Professional Development Award,SQA, Glasgow-UK, 2008


Mural of Trees of Life depicting trees from Middle East as part of Paradise Restored exhibition in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh-UK, 2012

Artist residency

Inverleith house & Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh-UK, 2012


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