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Nazgol Ansarinia, from the series Attempts at building a wall, 2018

Nazgol Ansarinia examines the everyday contemporary Iranian experience. Her works are often directly inspired by the transformations of urban life and the fast-changing landscape of her hometown, Tehran.

Through working with a variety of media—video, 3D models, sculpture, drawing—she addresses notions of loss and rebirth. She also examines the psychological effects of the shifts from the known to the unknown, a constant in modern Iranian life—seen, for instance, in the massive ongoing reconstruction projects in Tehran and other cities.

Ansarinia took part in Iran’s national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, in 2015, and at the 10th and 12th Istanbul Biennale, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. She was also the recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2009.

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