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Elham Shafaei

The notion of Loss has been an integral part of my artistic temperament. In fact, Loss is a rather universal phenomenon for we all begin with a fundamental Loss, which is that of the maternal body. We began our being as a continuity with another body and become an individual by virtue of the cutting of the umbilical cord and thus we fell into the world. We enter the world as foreigners and forever submit ourselves to a profound sense of not belonging. Our existence will always be structured by Loss and un-belonging, which entail our eternal desire to belong. Love, family, friendship, patriotism, even work itself are among the names of this desire.  My art extends the names of this desire through melancholic faces. This unique 1/1 piece belongs to "We Are Lost" Collection and it is a physical mixed media painting on canvas which turned to NFT. 

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Elham Shafaei was born in 1983, Iran. She received her B.A Bachelor of Painting (Arts) in Science and Culture University, Tehran, Iran. In 2010 she moved to Malaysia where she obtained M.A (Fine Arts) in Papermaking and PhD (Fine Arts) in Painting that examined the role of melancholia in creative life. In 2017 she relocated to United Arab Emirates, where she currently resides and pursues her studio practice. She is an international exhibiting artist and curator. Through her curatorial projects she tries to connect artists’ internationally. Elham is the Co-Founder and Co-Editor at ContemporaryIdentities International Online Art Magazine and Gallery.

I am an international exhibiting contemporary artist and curator based in the United Arab Emirates.  I received B.A Bachelor of Painting. Then, I obtained M.A and PhD in Fine Arts.


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