Capturing a moment past and present: ‘Rebel Rebel’ at the Barbican

Artist Soheila Sokhanvari’s intricate miniatures of 27 feminist icons from pre-revolutionary (1979) Iran are painted in egg tempera onto calf vellum with a squirrel-hair brush, set against a hand-painted mural and to the soft sound of singers Googoosh & co. to form a hugely immersive site-specific installation at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery.

The Curve cocoons us in the world of these strong women of history: writers and poets, singers and actors.

“Rebel Rebel” is one of the most timely exhibition coinciding, by chance, with the latest rebellion: Woman Life Freedom… a revolt started by and guided by a new generation of Iranian feminists ✨

Images top: Poet Forugh Farrokhzad
Gallery: actors Zari Khoshkam, Faranak Mirghahhari, Fereshteh Jenabi and Zinat Moadab, and pop singer and cultural icon Googoosh.

Artwork © Soheila Sokhanvari. Courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery