Born in Istanbul in 1901, Fahrelnissa Zeid was a pioneering artist with a penchant for vibrant, polychromatic, large-scale works that blended European approaches to abstraction with Byzantine, Islamic and Persian styles. One of the first women in Istanbul to receive formally trained, Fahrelnissa defied the norm, favouring more experimental approaches to art. In June 2017, the Tate Modern opened a retrospective of Zeid's work, marking and celebrating the seminal impact she had on the development of abstract art.
Arsalan Mohamed talks to Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern and member of the Alserkal Residency Selection Committee, about the UK's first retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid, touching on her life, her unique practice and the incredible legacy that she developed over the course of a tumultuous life.
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