London's Saatchi Gallery will be hosting its first ever all-female art exhibition, starting this January. In conjunction with the their 30th anniversary, the art gallery celebrates the diverse works of handpicked female artists in a bid to showcase their ever-developing talent and contribution to the contemporary art field. The exhibition, which is aimed at trying to increase the number of prominent female artists in the modern age, comes after a study revealed that only eight percent of the top 50 contemporary auctions by living artists, sold at Christie's in 2015, were by women.
Representing the Middle Eastern region in the exhibition are Saudi Arabia's Maha Malluh and Iran's Soheila Sokhanvari. With certificates in English literature, design as well as photography, Malluh is known for her continuous work that explores the challenges of modernity in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Sokhanvari describes herself as a "cultural collage between East and Western philosophy". Using visual metaphors to reflect the Iranian state, her works shuttle between political commentary and symbolic totem.
The full list of artists at the exhibition include Mequitta Ahuja, Alice Anderson, Marie Angeletti, Jelena Bulajic, Julia Dault, Mia Feuer, Sigird Holmwood, Virgie Ittah, Seung Ah Paik, Maha Malluh, Suzanne McClelland, Stephanie Quayle, Soheila Sokhanvari and Julia Wachtel.
Champagne Life runs from January 13 - March 6, 2016, at Saatchi Gallery on King's Road, London. For more information, visit Saatchi Gallery.