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49. Yasmin Noorbakhsh

Tall Poppy Syndrome

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Signed and dated on the back
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 130 x 4 cm.
Painted in 2022.


£2,800 - 4,200

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Tall poppy syndrome or cutting down the tall poppy, is a cultural phenomenon mostly used in Europe and Australia in which people hold back, criticise or sabotage those who have or are believed to have achieved notable success in one or more aspects of life, particularly intellectual or cultural wealth. 

This piece is inspired by this phenomenon and artist personal life experiences.  It depicts limitations and obstacles one faces as a rising woman in a certain cultural or geographical situation. It talks about how people may not be prepared for you to rise and change and try to cut you down to stay where you are.

“I believe everything around us is constantly shifting and changing, and this applies to identity and culture too. We cannot keep them fixed; it’s their nature to be in flux, and that scares us. We control, cut, fix, label, and stereotype to feel secure - but that creates conflict and tension in the world”. Yasmin N



MA Fine Art, City and Guilds of London Art School, 2020-2022

HNC Fine art; Kensington and Chelsea College of Art (Morley), London, 2019

BA Hons Interior Design; Kingston University, London, 2012


2022 Outstanding Critical Engagement Prize, City and Guilds of London Art school

Shortlisted and presented for Human Perspective, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge 2021

Brixton art prize 2022


‘The MA Final Show’, City and Guilds of London Art School, Sep 2022

‘Brixton Art Prize’, DnBrixton, 1-3 July 2022


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