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Ketchup Drool: NAZGOL ANSARINIA

15 October 2016 KETCHUP DROOL

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.

In the pictures:
Nazgol Ansarinia, Rhyme & Reason, 2009
Hand woven wool, silk and cotton, 360 x 252 cm

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Nazgol Ansarinia, Mendings (mattress), 2012, mattress, see-through thread, 180 x 54 x 23 cm
Nazgol Ansarinia, Mendings (carpet), 2010, Mixed media, 195 x 95 cm
Nazgol Ansarinia, Mendings (plates), 2012, china plates, glue, size variable
Nazgol Ansarinia, Mendings (grey chair), 2012, wooden chair, glue, 44 x 41 x 95 cm

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Nazgol Ansarinia, Reflections/Refractions, 2012
Daily Production of Gasoline rises by 10 million / Production of Gasoline in Iran increases by 10 million per day
Nazgol Ansarinia, Reflections/Refractions, 2012
Enemies Should Know that Syria Will Never Fall- Assad / Syria Will Never Fall- Assad
Nazgol Ansarinia, Reflections/Refractions, 2012
4 March 2012, pp. 18 & 19.

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Paper Trial @ Galleria Raffaella Cortese, 2016

Galleria Raffaella Cortese is pleased to present the first solo show in Italy by Iranian artist Nazgol Ansarinia.

Ansarinia examines daily life in her town, Tehran: she analyses and recasts everyday objects and events to draw out their relationships with the contemporary Iranian society, investigating the private sphere and its connection to the wider socio-economic and architectural context.
The exhibition revolves around three ongoing projects by the artist that well represent her practice and recent developments.
Central to her production are the collages from the Reflections/Refractions series, which visually explore the complexities of everyday life. Geometric designs, often used to evoke beauty in their order and symmetry, are applied to mirror works to distort the reality of anything they reflect.
For her latest project Membrane, on the other hand, the artist takes her own town as a starting point. In recent years Tehran is actually witnessing an intense process of urban transformation, characterized by the replacement of low-rise flats with taller apartment complexes. Although some buildings are destroyed, a layer of the demolished house remains on the shared wall of the adjacent constructions. Membrane is the monumental impression of this wall, mapped by the artist through a 3D scanner to recreate it as a three-dimensional model, which keeps a trace of the destroyed building.
A new sculpture from the Pillars series will also be on show. The artist looks at the new houses in her town, where neo-classical columns lost their structural function and became the latest display of wealth by the new middle class. Ansarinia ironically uses these columns, by connecting them to some articles from the Iranian Constitution that reflect on the socio-economic issues of everyday life. Nazgol Ansarinia’s exhibition is, at the same time, a document and a re-elaboration of Iran’s layered and fast-changing society.

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Nazgol Ansarinia: Riffing off a vernacular mural tradition, on artist captures the contrasts and contradictions of life in contemporary Tehran by Maria Lind on ArtReview Asia, summer 2016 
In the pictures:
Nazgol Ansarinia, Fabrications, 2013. In collaboration with Roozbeh Elias-Azar. Residential building – belvedere & garden on Resalat highway.
Nazgol Ansarinia, Fabrications, 2013. In collaboration with Roozbeh Elias-Azar. Residential apartments – water reserve & wind towers on Sayad highway.

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Nazgol Ansarinia @ Artissima
Section: Present Future
Galleries: Raffaella Cortese, Milano + Green Art, Dubai
Biography: Nazgol Ansarinia (born 1979) is an artist who lives and works in Tehran, Iran. She 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. Ansarinia has exhibited internationally, most recently participating in the Iran Inside Out exhibition at Chelsea Art Museum, New York, in 2009. She was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in March 2009.
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