Rodolphe Janssen | Sanam Khatibi

Sanam Khatibi

Sanam Khatibi’s works deal with animality, and our primal impulses and the core of her practice interrogates our relationship to power structures, specifically the duality of triumph and failure. The recurrent themes that often feature in her work question our relationship with excess, loss of control, bestiality, the male-female dynamics, domination and submission. She is also interested in the thin line that exists between fear and desire, and how closely they are interrelated.

Her subjects live on their impulses in alluring, exotic landscapes. They are ambiguous with their relationship to power, violence, sensuality and each other. Wildlife and animals are an integral part of her practice, and her subjects are often depicted within the same plane as the flora and fauna. Her work consists of paintings, embroideries, tapestries, and sculptures.


Born 1979 in Tehran, Iran

Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium



MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions


Rivers in your mouth, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium

With tendresse and longing, Billboard Series #6: Art in Public Space, Artlead, Gent, Belgium

No Church in the wild, The Cabin LA, Los Angeles CA, USA


Le jardin décomposé, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium

The hollow in the ferns, NICC Vitrine, Brussels, Belgium


Ask me nicely, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium


Séduire ou crever de faim, Island, Brussels, Belgium

Group Exhibitions


Quel amour !?, MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France (upcoming)


Listening To The Form, Panthera, Brussels, Belgium

Hecate, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA USA

Dalonaz, Royal, Brussels, Belgium


Summer in the City, Christine König Gallery, Vienna, Austria

Biennial of Painting, Museum of Deinze, Deinze, Belgium

Balls & Glory, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Louise186, Brussels Art Days, Brussels, Belgium

Me, Myself and I, trampoline, Antwerp, Belgium

Palourdes cuites, Christopher Crescent, Brussels, Belgium

Every day I’m..., Harlan Levey, Brussels, Belgium


The Penthouse Art Event, Harlan Levey Projects, Bloom Hotel, Brussels, Belgium


Thalie Art Project (curated by Emmanuel Lambion and Nathalie Guiot), Brussels, Belgium


The Antagonist, Waterside Contemporary, London, UK


WHAT?, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy

400 Women, Canongate Venture, Edinburgh, Ireland


Identity Theft (curated by James Putnam), Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy

400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, London, UK


Drawn In, Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Sidcot Arts Centre, North Somerset, UK

Catch My Drift, Bargehouse, oxo Tower, London, UK


WANTED, The Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London, UK