Golnaz Fathi

Group Show

Summer Show 2014

June 4 - July 24, 2014

Sara Naim _Al Niente _2009_C-type Digital Print _50.8x 43.18cm

The Third Line will be closing the season with Summer Show 2014, presenting a selection of artworks by artists represented by the gallery and those who have shown at the gallery in the past. 

With a series of media ranging across photography, painting, sculpture and installations, Summer Show 2014 will be showcasing the works of Arwa Abouon, Ala Ebtekar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Golnaz Fathi, Hassan Hajjaj, Huda Lutfi, Laleh Khorramian, Pouran Jinchi, Rana Begum, Rhea Karam and Sara Naim.

Golnaz Fathi

Falling Leaves

Jan 22 - Mar 07, 2013


Golnaz Fathi

Controlled Chaos

September 23 - October 21, 2010

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Fathi’s new works balance colour and layers of text in an exploration of an illegible calligraphic language. Through her distinctly personalized style, she continues to demonstrate her dexterity using the simplicity of the line.

For her fourth solo exhibition at The Third Line and beginning the fall season, Fathi will present a selection of light boxes and works on paper. She began working with light boxes in 2007 while seeking an alternative to her previous works on canvas. This exhibition also sees her return to working on paper, a medium which offers a sense of vulnerability as the brushes stroke the surface of the blank page.

Golnaz Fathi

The Doha Series

March 04 - May 03, 2009

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The Doha Series is a unique initiative launched by The Third Line, which sees four select artists travel to Doha, Qatar and produce a body of work in response to the experience of the city. 

The Third Line is proud to announce the launch of this series with an inaugural exhibition of new works by artist Golnaz Fathi. Using the colors, black, white and sandy ochre, Fathi has created three new carpet works visualizing the cultural similarity between her home country of Iran and Qatar.

Golnaz Fathi

Sleepless Nights

May 29 - June 19, 2008

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Firmly anchored in extensive training in traditional calligraphy, Fathi has for over fifteen years now been perfecting the ability of script to communicate meaning away from its actual referent.

In Sleepless Nights, Golnaz Fathi delves into the flexibility of Persian calligraphic script, and its varied applications, with a thick brush, fine pen or bright white lines of light. As the words are vacated from their meaning, their forms take to the forefront and are charged with emotive potential. However, whereas her previous works included bright reds, blues and yellows competing with the speckled script, simple blocks of black and white now dominate the stream of words.

In this most recent body of work, Fathi has moved towards much smaller, more invested and obsessive types of mark making. The traditional modes of practicing calligraphy are still referenced as entire surfaces turn black with scribbles, known as theSiah Mashgh approach.This practice was originally a warm up exercise for the calligrapher to refine the shape of letters by repeating them over and over. These applications thus resulted in the page being filled with words and letters, hence the name Siah Mashgh literally meaning “black practice”.

Golnaz Fathi

Golnaz Fathi

September 21 - October 19, 2006

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Golnaz Fathi's newest works are inspired by the late, great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani and incorporated into an installation for her second solo exhibition at the gallery. Fathi returns with her signature style of incomprehensible calligraphic text masquerading across large canvases as language. However, whereas last time areas of bright red, blue and yellow jostled for centre stage with the scatterbrain script, simple black and white now dominate the odd blot of scarlet. 

The show's focal point is the Qabbani room; an enclosed homage to the contemporary poet and his prolific legacy celebrating Arab womanhood through unique and sensual verse. The space specially created for The Third Line is enveloped in stimuli, from the rose petals underfoot to an imposing tricolour painting echoing the Syrian flag to a blank canvas whose lettering has tumbled to the floor. Fathi's talent is in expression through interpretation. Where there are no words, there is meaning through form and palette. She won't spell it out. Literally.

Golnaz Fathi


June 30 - July 15, 2005

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Trained as a calligrapher, Golnaz Fathi's paintings seem to break all the rules of traditional Persian calligraphy. Her letters are used merely as forms, her verse as her composition. One recognizes that there is script in her work, but her paintings carry meaning that has no known coded alphabet.

The strength of her work stems from the drive to express emotions that cannot be pinned down into words. Fathi's works succeeds where language fails, all things considered, there is solace to be found.