|The title of the show references a phrase from Frederic Jameson’s book Signatures of the Visible, in which he discusses the relationship between late capitalism and mass reproduction of copies that have no original, creating a “world with an unreality and a free-floating absence of the referent.” In this exhibition, Khoshooee explores similar ideas within the context of social media: the underlying tension between reality and its representation, real and hyperreal. She uses social media as a platform and its visual language and limitations as tools in creating imaginary liminal spaces, self-alienated characters, and uncanny narratives. These environments are strangely familiar yet foreign, oscillating between reality and fantasy.
The exhibit features collages of found imagery pulled from various social media sources, layered with lenticular lenses. The lens creates a moiré pattern on the image, an optical illusion that references the occurrence of unwanted artifacts when photographing a digital screen, questioning the line between physical and digital, haptic and optic.
Bahareh Khoshooee was born in Tehran, Iran in 1991, the year the Internet was made available to unrestricted commercial use. She attended Skowhegan School of Art and Painting in 2018, received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida (2017) and her BA in Industrial Design from University of Tehran (2014). Khoshooee has presented her work at NADA MIAMI 2018, Elsewhere (New York), Housing (New York), and Rawson Projects (New York). She will be in residence at Baxter St. CCNY this upcoming Fall. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Artnet News, Vice, The Metro, and The Creators Project.