Samira Abbassy – Love & Ammunition, Rossi & Rossi, 27 Dover Street, London W1, until 10th July 2015
In this show Abbassy, an Iranian-born, New York–based artist, has in this show used a feminine-orientated approach in most of the works which include self-portraits and a reinterpretation of Persian literature. The female figures are depicted in a hostile environment which evokes the idea of private and universal struggles. Samira explains “It’s as if I’m trying to depict myself from the inside out, starting with how it feels to be me, or rather, how it feels to be human”.
They certainly make an impact on the viewer.
Djamel Tatah, Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1, until 7th August 2015
These twelve large-scale Untitled paintings in oil and wax are the work of the French-Algerian artist Djamel Tatah in his first UK show. Their subject is the silent figure, either singly, in pairs or in repetition, on a 1:1 scale. The fact that they rarely face the viewer directly but gaze upwards, downwards or into the distance is a reflection of solitude, pain, melancholy and war and peace that many of mankind endure. A thoughtful reflection on our present World.