Tagsmart weekly discovery

Tagsmart weekly discovery: Anita Klein’s celebration of the ‘dailiness of life’

Born in Sydney, Anita Klein studied at both Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Art, where she was awarded the Henrique Scholarship in 1982 and 1983 and gained BA (Hons) in Fine Art and an MA in printmaking. In 1985, Klein was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.

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Her intimate, life affirming work comes as a welcome breath of fresh air. There are no desperate attempts to shock, expose or outrage. Klein’s personal celebrations of everyday living are rendered with humour, sensitivity and beauty, revealing a joyful delight in the ‘dailiness of life’.  

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Her art is an archive of personal moments that everyone can identify with. Witty, charismatic, warm and poignant, she is one of Britain’s finest and most prominent artists and printmakers of the 21st century. Through her beautiful and confident use of line and space, she creates images and memories which are universally understood.

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Klein has exhibited across Europe, America, India and Australia, including at the ICA and the Royal Academy of Arts, and has received numerous awards and commissions. She was the President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers from 2003 to 2006 and her work is featured in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council, The British Museum and University of London.

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Her current exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art presents recent works featuring her grandchildren, angels and paintings she created in her studio in Italy. On Saturday, September 30, Klein will be holding a talk at the gallery from 2 pm about her practice and inspirations behind her work.

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The exhibition will be held until October 1. Admission is free, but due to limited space in the gallery please register for the talk here.

Tagsmart weekly discovery: Sara Shamsavari’s global identity

Born in Tehran in the midst of the Iranian revolution, multi-disciplinary artist Sara Shamsavari overcame childhood cancer while she and her family fled persecution.

Raised in London and educated at Camberwell School of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins, her experiences inspired her exploration of identity and engendered a profound desire to make a difference through art.

At a time of increased division, conflict and polarisation around the world, Shamsavari’s works explore and celebrate global identity. While each of her photographic series has a distinct focus, together, they all seek to encourage a deeper understanding of our nuances as human beings in contrast to the current popular narratives that misrepresent, malign and often succeed in dividing and ‘othering’ those in the minority.

London Veil was her first series, portraying young women wearing the hijab on the streets of London, Paris, New York and Toronto.

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Her series Britain Retold: A Portrait of London is an exploration of British identity as known by the diverse communities living in London.

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She has also contributed to series such as The Dandy Lion Project by curator Shantrelle P. Lewis, which challenges its audience to rethink the outlook of black men perpetuated in the media today.

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With a belief that artists can be leaders in social and spiritual progress, Shamsavari seeks to encourage both participants and viewers in transforming the way we view society and ourselves.

Shamsavari’s work has been featured across various media and publications including BBC, The New York Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Elle, i-D and Dazed & Confused. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and public spaces and she has delivered a number of talks at cultural institutions, including Tate Britain and Southbank Centre.