ADVOCARTSY Gallery is gearing up to unveil a captivating exhibition entitled “Obscured by Colors.” This exhibition will showcase the masterful work of Iranian artist Shadi Yousefian, who collaborated with Argentinian artist Lucas Rise. Set to debut on April 11th, it promises to be a thought-provoking exhibition of memory, nostalgia, and the passage of time.

In her third solo exhibition with ADVOCARTSY, Yousefian presents a tableau of fragmented nostalgia through manipulated photographs from past generations. Collaborating with Lucas Rise, known for his vibrant colors and dynamic patterns, Yousefian offers viewers a unique perspective on the interplay between past and present. She carefully selects fragments from Rise’s colorful compositions. She overlays them onto her obscured photographs, creating a mesmerizing and poignant juxtaposition.


In “Obscured by Colors,” Yousefian delves into the concept of memory and nostalgia, reworking old family photographs to reveal the intricacies of how we perceive the past. Drawing on the Greek roots of nostalgia, meaning “home pain,” Yousefian explores the longing for a past that no longer exists, constructing a narrative that speaks to the universal experience of loss and longing.

Using various techniques and media, Yousefian manipulates old photographs to amplify the sense of detachment and distance that accompanies the passage of time. By partially obscuring the images with black ink and incorporating elements of Rise’s colorful patterns, Yousefian creates a visual dialogue that blurs the lines between past and present.

Rise’s vibrant patterns counterpoint Yousefian’s faded photographs, grounding the viewer in the present while evoking a sense of nostalgia. The two artists’ collaboration highlights the tension between memory and reality and invites viewers to reflect on their relationship with the past.

Through “Obscured by Colors,” Yousefian challenges us to reconsider our understanding of memory and nostalgia, offering a glimpse into the complexities of human experience. This exhibition promises to be a captivating exploration of how we construct and reconstruct our histories, inviting viewers to contemplate the passage of time and the ever-shifting nature of memory.

The public opening reception for “Obscured by Colors” will be held on Thursday, April 11th, from 7 to 9 pm at ADVOCARTSY’s West Hollywood gallery. The exhibition will be on view until May 11th, 2024, during regular gallery hours or by appointment. For more information or to request a preview catalog, please get in touch with