Sanam Khatibi is a Brussels-based artist, who was born in Tehran, Iran. Self-taught, Khatibi has been described as ‘guided by an untamed instinct, each work an invitation to a sexual game, tender or brutal, romantic or savage.’ As well as painting her trademark detailed canvases, she also works in tapestry, embroidery and ceramic.
Her works deal with animality, the recurrent themes that often feature questioning our relationship with excess, loss of control, bestiality, male-female dynamics, domination and submission. She is fascinated by the fine line that exists between fear and desire, and how closely they are interrelated. Her subjects inhabit alluring, exotic landscapes filled with trees and wildlife, and are often depicted within the same plane as the flora and fauna. As Khatibi explains, ‘No matter how much society tries to cover it up, no matter how polite and educated we act, our impulses remain primitive.’