Mojé Assefjah, who exhibited a collection of her works at the Etemad Gallery in March, is currently holding an exhibition entitled "There Are Birds Here Again" in Beirut.
Following her exhibition at Galerie Tanit, Munich “You Will Rise Up Again,” dedicated to Beirut, Mojé Assefjah prepares for a new intervention in our Beirut’s hors-les-murs space with the same message; Hope.
Hope and a peaceful longing to a future you aspire to is what you feel when standing in front of Assefjah’s work; “The paintings are an invitation for the eye to look through a window opened to a nostalgic space,” the artist says.
The delicateness of the medium is reflected in her meticulous brush strokes as diaphanous drapes and ribbons float and follow a natural flow and an organic layering of her chosen egg tempera paint. Influenced by Renaissance painting, Iranian calligraphy, and Japanese tradition, Mojé Assefjah revives the egg tempera technique and mixes pigment with egg, water and oil to modelize colours, their consistency, translucency, and opacity. Use of this particular technique gives her control over nuances and allows her to manipulate the pigment.
There Are Birds Here Again features a collection of large and small egg tempera paintings on canvas, wood, and paper.
Mojé Assefjah was born in Teheran in 1970. She lives and works in Munich, Germany. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1992-1998, and was a master student under Prof. Jerry Zeniuk from 1997 on. In 2013, she continued her work in New York, within the framework of the residency program at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).
In 1999, she was awarded the Advancement Award for Fine Arts of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, as well as the annual scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a residency in Rome. In 2000, grant of the GOLART-STIFTUNG: Mural painting, at the Kunstverein Friedberg in Wetterau-Museum, Friedberg, Germany. Since 1999 Assefjah’s works have been shown regularly in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the Near East. In 2021, she has been shortlisted for the WERK.STOFF award for painting where the 5 nominated artists will present their works in an exhibition at Kunstverein Heidelberg.