NAZGOL ANSARINIA

Born in 1979 in Tehran (IR)
Lives and works in Tehran (IR)

Nazgol Ansarinia examines the systems and networks that underwrite her daily life. Born and raised in Tehran, she dissects, interrogates and recasts everyday objects and events to draw out their relationships to the contemporary Iranian experience. She reveals the inner workings of a social system by taking apart its components before reassembling them to uncover collective assumptions and their underlying rules of engagement.

Her work is characterised by an emphasis on research and analysis that is a legacy of her design background, as well as by her continued engagement with critical theory. Her mode of working covers diverse media—video, 3D printed models, municipal murals and drawings—and subjects as varied as automated telephone systems, American security policy, the memories associated with a family house, and the patterns of Persian carpets.

“My work is always focused on the environment that I live in, portraying very ordinary, everyday life and my position within that context… I’m a deconstructionist who reconstructs the torn apart elements that show something new about something so banal that has gone unnoticed. So repetitive that it becomes part of routine life.” – Nazgol Ansarinia
The artist created a project with Tate Modern about her relationship with her city, Teheran – more info here

SOLO SHOWS

2018

Remnants, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (AE)

Demolishing buildings, buying waste, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (AE)

2017

Fragments, Particles and the Mechanisms of Growth, KIOSK, Ghent (BE)

2016

Paper Trail, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan (IT)

2015

Surfaces & Solids, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (AE)

2014

Change of Skin, Aun Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2012

Refractions/Subtractions, Aun Gallery, Tehran (IR)
Reflections/Refractions, Daniela da Prato Gallery, Paris (FR)

2011

Just Words, The Free Word Center, London (UK)
Interior Renovations, Green Cardamom, London (UK)

2010

Patterns, Aun Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2008

Patterns, Skanes Konstforening, Malmo (SE)

2006

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

GROUP SHOWS

2018

Women House, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (US)

2017

Women House, Monnaie de Paris, Paris (FR)
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (US)
What We Know that We Don’t Know, KADIST, San Francisco, USA Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Hessen (DE)
Variable Dimensions, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon (PT)
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Mu- seum, Toronto (CA)

2016

The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju Bienniale, Gwangju (KR)
Schnitt Schnitt (Cut Cut), Kunsthalle Darmstadt (DE)
Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values, Edel Assanti, London (UK)

2015

Investment Opportunities, OFFICE Gallery, Nicosia (CY)
DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (PO)
The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (IT)
Adventure of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915- 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK)

2014

Recalling The Future: post revolutionary Iranian art, The Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London, London (UK)

2013

Statue of Limitation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (AE)
Longing Persia: Exchange and reception of art in Persia and Europe in the 17th Century & Contemporary Art from Tehran, Museum Rietberg, Zurich (CH)

Safar/Voyage, The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CA)

When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit (US)

2012

A Permanent Record For Future Investigation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, (AE)
Systems & Patterns, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (SI)
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (US)
Elephant in the Dark, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (IN)

2011

12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (TR)
Drawn from Life, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal (UK)

2010

Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (AE)
Iran inside-out, The Farjam Collection, Dubai (AE)
Tarjama/Translation, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York (US)

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

Unidee in progress, Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (IT)

2005

Transition, Azad Gallery, Tehran (IR)

2003

1111, degree show, CCA, San Francisco (US)

RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2014

MOP/Parasol Unit Research Residency, London (UK)

2008

Recipient of Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Dubai (AE)
Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, finalist and the receiver of the finalist grant (CH)

2007

Recipient of the nkd “One artist in residence outside the Nordic region” grant, Dale (NO)

2006

Unidee artist in residence, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (IT)
Selected artist-in-residence by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (US)

2001-2002

Merit scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco (US)

EVENTS & FAIRS

2016

Gwangju Bienniale, Gwangju (KR)

2015

The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (IT)

COLLECTIONS

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Queensland (AU)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (US°)
CA Tate Collection, London (UK)
British Museum, London (UK)
Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (IN)
SPM (Salsali Private Museum), Dubai (AE)
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; San Francisco (US)