Farrokh Mahdavi's Canvasses to be featured at NGV Triennial 2023

The National Gallery of Victoria

We are pleased to share that the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has announced details about the upcoming NGV Triennial 2023, which promises to be an extraordinary showcase of contemporary artistry and innovation. Featuring over 75 projects, including 25 world premieres commissioned by the Gallery, this year's event will explore three thematics: Magic, Matter, and Memory, providing a visually engaging and thought-provoking view of the world today.
The NGV Triennial 2023 will bring together a diverse range of artists from around the world, including 14 Australia-based artists and a selection of international artists at the forefront of their craft. Working across mediums such as painting, photography, fashion, robotics, sculpture, and artificial intelligence (AI), these artists will create an exceptional exhibition that will captivate and inspire visitors.
Of the artists featured in the exhibition is Farrokh Mahdavi, whose work explores the theme of "matter". Mahdavi's androgynous portraits will be accompanied by floor canvases inviting visitors to leave their footprints, adding an interactive and playful element to the display. Mahdavi's work challenges traditional notions of gender and identity, creating an immersive experience for visitors.
Director Tony Ellwood says that the NGV Triennial 2023 will offer a "visually interesting and thought-provoking view of the world today", showcasing the power of art to explore complex ideas and emotions. In the three years since the last NGV Triennial, the world has undergone significant changes, including the global pandemic. The NGV Triennial 2023 will showcase the work of over 100 artists, designers, architects, and collectives from Australia and around the world, offering a powerful insight into the ideas and concerns driving contemporary creative practice.

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April 10, 2023
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