Leila Eskandari

Leila Eskandari (b. 1987, Tehran, Iran) has an MFA in Painting from the Alzahra University, Tehran. Her work has been included in several group shows namely “Episode 06” in Mohsen Gallery. Eskandari lives and works in Tehran.


“This Account is not The Whole Truth”

As I was revisiting Nezami’s Khosrow and Shirin, I became interested in the romantic sub-story of Farhad’s love for Shirin, so I tried to give a different spin to the narrative. I broke down the story to smaller fragments and by putting the pieces back together, mingling it with my own perception of the characters. By making new plots, I recreated the legend in a puzzle-like fashion. I adopted a new way of approaching the image and through the combination of realistic images with simple surfaces and lines, I made a mental game from the character’s relations to each other. When the pieces are juxtaposed properly, Nezami’s intended plot in Khosrow and Shirin will be reproduced. If assembled differently, however, each character will have a different fate.

Leila Eskandari, “The Land of Affection” from “This Account is not The Whole Truth” series, oil and acrylic on canvas, 130.5 × 167 cm, 2021
Leila Eskandari, “Do you see any Miracles in Ctesiphon?”, from “This Account is not The Whole Truth” series, oil and acrylic on canvas, 110 x 150 cm, 2021
Episode 08, installation view
Episode 08, installation view
Episode 08, installation view