Contemporary Practices

Breaking News, Lina Attalah

Volume IV, 2009

<...>Iranian artist Nazgol Ansarinia borrows a witty technique in attempting to trace the ‘complexities of social existence in Iran’. While the Iranian carpet is one important interface of Iranian culture to the world, Ansarinia makes use of the intricacies of its weavings to create patterns in her artwork that conveys more than just the aesthetic beauty of an object belonging to everyday life. While from a distance her series looks familiar, a closer look reveals surprises. Her concept bears the lucidity of using the very tool that exoticizes Iranian culture to reveal how nontlinear, unromantic and loaded with ideas it is. This is how Ansarinia taps into the “everydayness” of this culture.<...>