Iraqi-born artist Hayv Kahraman’s achingly beautiful paintings weave stories around female identify and sexuality amid the harsh backdrop of forced migration, displacement and cultural assimilation. Kahraman’s unique intensely lyrical style borrows from female representation in Renaissance compositions, Japanese painting, and Persian miniatures. Set on a neutral background of raw linen, groups of nude or partially covered women with luxurious ebony-black hair and crimson-red Komachi-Beni-style lips, seem to float in a melancholic netherworld tinged with profound sorrow. In a new set of works, currently on view at Jack Shainman gallery, the artist includes strands of an ancient Persian weaving technique derived from the Mahaffa, a hand-held fan made from palm tree leaves. The weavings feel like shreds in a fabric that countless women must pierce together again in a strange land after the trauma of leaving behind their loved ones, their culture and pieces of their identity. At Jack Shainman Gallery through December 20.