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KAFTKO X Hossein Edalatkhah: GARDEN OF EDEN

Welcome to Kaftko's first ever artist collaboration print: GARDEN OF EDEN.

Our kaftans are a canvas in many ways - one that anyone can wear and express who they are. It’s been a dream of ours to work with and supports artists to create custom artist prints and features and we are ecstatic that this work, GARDEN OF EDEN, is our very first one! Garden of Eden is available now in The Original Kaftan, the V2 kaftan, The Kimono, and The Euro Brief

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Learn more about the artist

Hossein Edalatkhah, (b. 1979, Tehran) combines Social, Political, Historical, Sexual, and Religious themes. In his works, traditional Persian symbols, materials, and figures, often melt into each other in phallic forms, and symbolize the cultural “erection“ he is concerned with.

In this “Garden of Eden” series, Edalatkhah critiques the American Dream, by revisiting his childhood doodles in an attempt to search for purity and innocence. Combining those postulant images from his past with vulgar depictions of sexuality, he references the Safavid Empire and the Qajar Dynasty. The sexually explicit angels represent the simple desire of satiation, and the artificial flowers in saturated colors represent his perception of a distorted American beauty.

“The void in my angels shows how pure the human mind and soul can be, and at the same time, ready to be filled with anything, or any ideology it comes in contact with”.

The phallic obsession in Hossein’s works serves as a critique of the means of representation and meaning-construction of it’s object of criticism. His unique portrayal of queer symbols, Feminism, gender roles, and his objection to male dominance in society can be found throughout his paintings. Blurring the lines of representation and abstraction, his use of artificial realism captures romance in his modern and emotional take on cubism. He is not only exploring gender and ambiguity, but also depicting his response to being submerged in a new culture as an immigrant.

Hossein Edalatkhah was granted the extraordinary ability artist visa from the US government, which is granted to people who demonstrated records of extraordinary achievement in the art industry, and has been recognized internationally for those achievements.

He lives and works in New York.

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EDUCATION

Life Drawing at City Lit Institute of Art, London 2004-2005 Style at Tehran University 2003-2004
Graphic Design at Tehran Institute of Technology 2000-2002 Voice and Vision Art School, Tehran-Iran 1995-1999

 

EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS

2022 Solo show “Blackboard”, Hamzianpour and Kia Gallery, Los Angeles 2021

1912 Gallery, Washington, DC
2021 The Lodge Gallery, Los Angeles

2018 Tom of Finland Foundation “Secret Gay Box”, Los Angeles

2018 Flux Factory “Mark For Reduction”, New York
2018 Ashok Jain Gallery, New York
2018 Art Movement Gallery, Los Angeles

2018 Spring/Break Art Show, "Secret Gay Box" by John Wolf, New York 2018 Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, USA
2017 Heritage Charity Auction, San Francisco, USA
2016 Shirin Art Gallery, New York & Tehran, Iran

2015 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran
2015 Magic Of Persia, Dubai, UAE
2015 Frank Pages Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
 2015 London Art15, London, UK

2015 Art Miami New York, NY, USA
2015 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2014 Frank Pages Galley, Geneva, Switzerland
 2014 Rogue Space Gallery, NY, USA
2014 Scope Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2014 London Art14, London, UK
2014 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul ,Turkey
 2013 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
 2013 Istanbul Bienal, Istanbul ,Turkey
2013 Haleh Gallery, Munich, Germany
2012 LTMH Gallery, NY, USA
2012 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
 2012 Art Platform, Los Angeles, USA
2011 Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
 2011 Atbin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2010 LTMH Gallery, NY, USA
2010 Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 Tehran Auction, Tehran, Iran
2011 Tehran Art Fair, Tehran, Iran
2011 Art Bosphorus, Istanbul, Tehran
2011 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey 2009 Art Miami, Miami, USA

2009 LTMH Gallery, NY, USA
2009 Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009 Basement Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2008 Niavaran Cultural Complex, Tehran, Iran 2008 Basement Gallery, Dubai, UAE
 2008 Hope Foundation, Dubai, UAE
2008 Mahak Charity, Tehran, Iran
2008 Behnam Daheshpour Charity, Tehran, Iran 2007 Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran
 2007 Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2007 Art Space Gallery, London, UK

 

SELECTED LITERATURE AND PRESS

https://www.showyourarts.com/events/2022-03-19/Hossein-Edalatkhah--Blackboard/126

Current Debates in Labour Economics, Demography & Gender Studies, Ebru Dede, published by Ijopec Publications, December 2017, London (This text book is now in many prestigious Universities’ curriculum for Sociology and Gender Studies departments.)

The Carousel of Life: 40 Tales Through Poetry and Art, Dr. Bahareh Amidi. Stanford University Press, May 2017.

ArtSpeak NYC, Yasemin Vargi. May 2018.


 

Hyperallergic Magazine: Spring Break Is an Oasis for Art Fair Haters, Hrag Vartanian. March 2018.

Contemporary Persian Artists Calendar 2018, Curated by Kathy Halbreich, The Director of Walker Art Center and Curator and Advisor to the Director at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA).

Fusion.Art , Honorable Mention Award Winner. 3rd Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition August 2018.

Personifying Iran in an Art of Dissent, Defiance, and Desire, G. Roger Denson, Contributor Cultural Critic published with Parkett, Art in America, Bijusta Techo and Duke U’s Cultural Politics. Huffington Post, October 2014.

Contemporary Istanbul’da Kacirdinigiz 5 guzel eser, Oben Budak. Haber Turk Daily Newspaper, Istanbul September 2018.

Common Borders/ Iran and Turkey, Hurriyet Daily Newspaper Istanbul December 2018. Portraits: Reflections by Emerging Iranian Artists, Rogue Space Gallery.

peyvand.com, Iran News, New York, August 2014.
Hossein Edalatkhah, Iranian Artist Lives in Turkey, Creates Art with a Nod to

History and Humanity, mapanare.us 2016

Constantly.consuming.culture. Patrick Ogle. New York, August 2015.

Hossein Edalatkhah, Wolfy Magazine, Ricardo Sarcos, New York, February 2018

Sanat bu olmali diyesim gelior!, Ozgur Teker. Indigo Magazine, December 2014.

Artist Questioning Iranian Revolution through Phallic Imagery, Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul, March 2012.

Beyaz Randevu, Instyle Home Magazine. By Serra Akar. Istanbul, October 2016 issue