Legitimate Nature

Mahdieh Kavakebpanah

Our geographical surroundings is full of incompatibilities. The incongruity reveals its pervasiveness in man’s impact on nature, environmental devastations, mass production, and consumerism. Here, the beautiful becomes ugly, natural elements turn into artifacts, and reality is now abstract. “Legitimate Nature” is an ironic treatment of the incongruities and the juxtaposition of contrary things. It is as if nature has also been under assault; an aggression that has a borrowed sense of authenticity, playing the innocent unapologetically.

“Legitimate Nature” is a painterly attempt at a metaphoric representation of contradiction and discordance. The color green represents traditional gatherings in society, while also the green color signifies toxic chemicals and military night vision cameras; it is as if nature has also been exposed to the threat and influence of these factors. Contrary to the historical and religious definition, the sheen of green here is not a sign of holiness and superiority, but an artificial element in the context of nature, as it shines with a toxic and pathological glow, constantly spreading and attacking it.

Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 45 x 60 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2021
Mahdieh Kavakebpanah, untitled, from “Legitimate Nature” series, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2021
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022
“Legitimate Nature” series, installation view, 2022