“What is my cultural identity, how can I analyse it or even get to the bottom of it?”. As German-Iranian Siba Sahabi always puts herself these questions, when she starts a new project.
Born in 1979 and currently living in Amsterdam, Sahabi is interested in border areas in her work, where the orient meets okzident. The pottery is one of the oldest art forms, which serves this purpose well and had wandered to the west from the east. The flywheel was an important guiding invention in this field, that defined the form of the manufactured objects. The vases, manufactured by Siba Sahabi are made from painted and piled felt but still follow the tradition by imitating the classical round form of the amphora, which widens from the base upwards, towards its tip. One more big influence in the work of Sahabi is the Moorish architecture and sculpting. The design of the partition “Mudejar” designed by Sahabi is derived from the form of the window arches in the Mudejar style and design of the “Chess” from the triangular forms, that can be found in Moorish architecture. With the “Chess” Siba Sahabi once more created a meeting point in the form of a border area. It was through the Moors in the south Spain that chess found its way into the western world and was adapted by it.