Siba Sahabi graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2006. Drawing from her German/Iranian roots, her work aims to show how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Her tableware sculptures, fashioned from paper, are inspired by the European and Middle Eastern history of ceramics. A passion for crafts and imperfection drives the process of Siba’s work.

Image by Thomas Aangeenbrug

From the 1st till the 22nd of September you can view Siba's exhibition ‘Obscura’ at X BANK. Obscura expresses the interaction between the Middle Eastern and European culture through art and science. The limited edition of photographic sculptures is made out of steel, copper and brass and finished with a resin coat. The photographic collages on the surfaces of the sculpture were previously captured inside the same volume based on the principle of a camera obscura.

The sculptures are an homage to Arab scientist and philosopher Alhazen who is considered to be the father of optics. He made significant contributions to the principles of optics based on his observations of the camera obscura, his metaphor for the human perception.

A specially-commissioned documentation of Obscura, made by Chris Rijksen, is screened parallel to the exhibition. The film is shot in Amsterdam and Cairo and captures Siba’s process of creation. Obscura is kindly supported by the AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst), Stichting Stokroos and the Nederlands-Vlaams Instituut in Cairo.