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Born and raised in Tehran (1979), Nazgol Ansarinia examines the systems and networks that underpin her daily life. In her work, she dissects, interrogates and recasts everyday objects and events to tease out their relationship with contemporary Iranian society. Her aim is to expose the inner workings of a social system by picking apart its components and reassembling them in order to reveal the collective assumptions at its core as well as its inherent rules of engagement. Ansarinia’s work is characterised by an emphasis on research and analysis, legacy of her design background, as well as by her continuous engagement with critical theory. Throughout her career, she has embraced multiple media (video, 3D printed models, sculpture, drawings) and has covered subjects as varied as security policy, control/discipline, the memories associated with family house, the urban development in Tehran (with its demolition process), the patterns of Persian carpets and mirror mosaic. Her works are situated on the border between the private realm and its wider socio-economic context. Even if the artist’s concerns have shifted from an interest in the intimacy of domestic settings to an investigation of the built environment, she has maintained an engagement with physicality and materiality. All her works still carry traces of lived experience (of owners, of residents) catalysing the hope and fears of people living in an increasingly, albeit asymmetrically, globalised world.


Nazgol Ansarinia was selected for the MOP/Parasol unit Research Residency in 2014. She took part in the National Pavilion of Iran at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); 10th & 12th Istanbul Biennial (2007 and 2011), and she was a recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2009.
Select exhibitions include: Fragments, Particles and the Mechanisms of Growth, KIOSK, Ghent (2017); Women House, Monnaie de Paris, Paris (2017); What We Know that We Don’t Know, KADIST, San Francisco (2017); Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt (2017); Variable Dimensions, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon (2017); Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, Canada (2017); The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju Bienniale, Gwangju (2016); Schnitt Schnitt (Cut Cut), Kunsthalle Darmstadt (2016); Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values, Edel Assanti, London (2016); DUST at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsku Castle, Warsaw (2015); Investment Opportunities at the OFFICE Gallery, Cyprus (2015); Adventure of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Longing Persia, Exchange and reception of art in Persia and Europe in the 17th Century & Contemporary Art from Tehran, Museum Rietberg, Zurich (2013); Safar/Voyage, The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2013); When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit (2013); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2012); and Interior Renovations, Tehran, 2010, Green Cardamom, London (2011).

 

EDUCATION

2003
MFA, California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, CA

2001
BA (Honours) Graphic & Media Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, London, UK
 

GRANTS & AWARDS

2008
Recipient of Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Dubai, UAE
Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, finalist and the receiver of the finalist grant, Switzerland
 
2001-2002
Merit scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Living Room (2005), screening, Tate Modern, London
Demolishing buildings, buying waste, Green Art Gallery, Dubai

2017
Fragments, Particles and the Mechanisms of Growth, KIOSK, Ghent (Belgium)
 
2016
Present-Future, Artissima 2016 (Booth Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan and Green Art Gallery, Dubai)
Paper trail, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

2015
Surfaces & Solids, Green Art Gallery, Dubai

2014
Change of Skin, Aun Gallery, Tehran

2012
Refractions/Subtractions, Aun Gallery, Tehran
Reflections/Refractions, Daniela da Prato Gallery, Paris

2011
Just Words, The Free Word Center, London
Interior Renovations, Green Cardamom, London

2010
Patterns, Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008
Patterns, Skanes Konstforening, Malmo, Sweden

2006
Untitled (do not give your opinion), Ave Gallery, Tehran

 


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 
Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge, Second Yinchuan Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Cina (upcoming)
Only the morning bird treasures the ower garden, REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, Los Angeles, USA
Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY 
 
2017
Women House 2.0, La Monnaie de Paris (until January 21st, 2018) and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C (from February 28h– end of May 2018)
What We Know that We Don’t Know, Kadist, San Francisco
Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (Canada)
Dimensões Variáveis (Variable Dimensions), MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon

2016
Cut-Cut, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
11th Gwangju Biennale
Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values, Edel Assanti, London

2015
Investment Opportunities, OFFICE Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
Adventure of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Imago Mundi. Luciano Benetton Collection, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

2014
Recalling The Future: post revolutionary Iranian art, The Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London, London

2013
Statue of Limitation, Green Art Gallery. Dubai
Longing Persia: Exchange and reception of art in Persia and Europe in the 17th Century & Contemporary Art from Tehran, Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland
Safar/Voyage, The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

2012
A Permanent Record For Future Investigation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Systems & Patterns, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
Elephant in the Dark, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, India

2011
12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Drawn from Life, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, UK

2010
Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE
Iran inside-out, The Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE
Tarjama/Translation, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

2009
Golden Gates, F&A projects, Paris
Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Iran inside-out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Made in Iran, Asia House, London, UK
Tarjama/Translation, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY
Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

2008
Breaking News, F&A projects, Paris
Drawn from Life: process, Green Cardamom, London, UK

2007
Nightcomers, 10th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
Retracing Territories, fri-art Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland
Books on Buses in collaboration with black dogs, Situation Leeds 07 Festival, Leeds, UK

2006
Unidee in progress, Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

2005
Transition, Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2003
1111, degree show, CCA, San Francisco, CA


RESIDENCIES

2017
International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

2014
MOP/Parasol Unit Research Residency, London, UK

2007
Recipient of the nkd “One artist in residence outside the Nordic region” grant, Dale, Norway

2006
Unidee artist in residence, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy
Selected artist-in-residence by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York


COLLECTIONS

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Queensland, Australia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
Tate Collection, London, UK
British Museum, London, UK
Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, India
Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France / San Francisco, CA