Artist Focus: Elham Rokni
Elham Rokni’s new drawing series is based on astrological imagery from a 14th-century manuscript, Kitab al-Bulhan (Book of Wonders) dealing with astrology, astronomy and geomancy. The calligrapher, editor and illustrator of the book Ali Ibn al- Hassan al-Asfahani was a member of an Iranian family living in Baghdad. The manuscript was written in the late Middle Ages (1382-1410), some thirty years after the Black Death epidemic (1347-1351) that claimed the lives of 75 -200 million people in Europe and Asia. Elham Rokni started this series on her 40th birthday – March 21st – which is according to the solar calendar the Persian New Year, also celebrated as the first day of spring and the first day of Aries. The dots indicate the location of the stars. One drawing in each pair references the original, the other one is a free interpretation of the artist.
Elham Rokni employs video installation and drawing to investigate memory and emotion through the lens of extreme daily situations and her personal history as an immigrant. Her work explores an intricate, multifaceted reality that challenges existing physical and political boundaries, and in the process, powerful psychic conditions both conscious and unconscious are revealed.
Elham Rokni (b.1980, Iran) received her BFA and MFA from Bezalel Academy in Israel. She has participated in international film festivals and has received grants from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Yehushua Rabinovich Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts, and the Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema in Israel. Her works can be found in various museum and foundation collections, such as the Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, the Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, and the Kadist Foundation Collection, Paris and San Francisco.
‘There is a Crack in Everything’ ; for Dafna, group exhibition, Dvir Gallery / Tel Aviv – until July 18, 2020
‘The Blue Planet’, H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg, Germany – until December 2020
‘It Must Be Love’, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, July 24 – December 31, 2020