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55:56: A Multimedia Installation by Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi

55:56: A Multimedia Installation by Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi


A multimedia installation by Baharak & Behnaz Khaleghi
October 4 - November 16, 2019

"For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." (I Corinthians 11:8-9)

"In them [gardens] are women limiting [their] glances, untouched before them by man or jinni.”(Ayah 56, Sura Ar-Rahman)

Houris are described as incarnations of perfection; beautiful women who are gifted to men in heaven. Harmful ideologies of a “perfect woman are written into texts across cultures, creating paradoxes in which women are scrutinized for inevitably falling short of these standards. Through satire, Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi begin to subvert our expectations of this ideology by asking questions about women’s relation to patriarchal structures.

Aggregate Space Gallery presents 55:56, a multimedia installation, exploring an alternate and private space for houris, where they are able to embrace and indulge in both humanly and heavenly desires, free from the expectations of others. This exhibition is curated by Laine Corfield and Sophia Feuer as the culminating project of Aggregate Space Gallery’s annual intensive Curatorial Fellowship.

Opening Reception
Friday, 4 October 2019

Second Saturday Artist Talk
12 October, 11am

First Friday Event
1 November, 5-8pm

Gallery Hours
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 1-5pm
and by appointment

Aggregate Space Gallery
Aggregate Spaceship at
Warehouse 416-Unit E
416 26th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Event Info

  • Dates: October 4, 2019 - November 16, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Aggregate Space Gallery
  • Address: 416 26th St., Oakland, CA 94612
  • Phone: 5105606352
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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