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Video still of Nazgol Ansarinia on Tehran, 'Neighbourhoods Are Changing So Fast', Courtesy of Artist Cities, co-produced by Tate and The Guardian

Nazgol Ansarinia’s work examines the systems and networks that underpin her daily life such as everyday objects, routines, events and experiences, and the relationship they form to a larger social context. Born and raised in Tehran, Ansarinia’s practice reflects upon tensions between private worlds and the wider socioeconomic realm, and how local iterations of a culture might act as a site for the hopes and fears of those living in a (faltering) globalised word.

Her recent projects, ranging across sculpture, installation, drawing, and video, represent ways of understanding the role of architecture in delineating interior and exterior spaces and private and public spheres. 

Detail of Nazgol Ansarinia, Mendings (carpet), 2010

Informed by her interdisciplinary background in art and design, projects range in approach and material to offer a perspective that considers the aesthetic and theoretical implications of vernacular architectural practices within the built environment. Ansarinia’s works are largely observational and technical in their scope, offering insight into the issues that are most pressing and urgent for today’s cities and the populations that inhabit them.

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Nazgol Ansarinia graduated from the London College of Communication in 2001 before taking a Master of Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in 2003.

Detail of Nazgol Ansarinia, Article 55, Pillars, 2016

Recent exhibitions include: The Room Becomes a Street, curated by Aram Moshayedi, Argo Factory, Tehran, Iran (2020) (solo); Fragile Frontiers: Visions on Iran’s in/visible borders, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2019); Revolution Begins at Home, with Architects Hamed Khosravi and Roozbeh Elias-Azar, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Sharjah, UAE (2019); The Spark is You: Parasol Unit in Venice, curated by Ziba Ardalan, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2019); Fragments, Particles and the Mechanisms of Growth, KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium (2017) (solo); Women House, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France (2017); What We Know that We Don’t Know, KADIST, San Francisco, USA (2017); Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany (2017); Variable Dimensions, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal (2017); The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2016); Adventure of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015).

She lives and works in Tehran, Iran.

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