Nasrin Golden

Visual  Artist

I am an Iranian visual artist, living & working in Dublin since 2012. 

My work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions around the world including:  Dublin, Tehran, Kuala Lumpur, and Vancouver.

My work opens a dialogue about femininity and masculinity as being an immigrant female artist my sense of belonging is important to me. Though my work I look closely at division and the shifts that occur in every aspect of life in different places. I tell confrontational stories that connect/disconnect, value/devalue and provoke emotions.
The main focus of my work is on the discourse of duality (binary oppositions) which convey notions of otherness (Other/Self), identity and transformation (visible/invisible), and a sense of gender belonging to either female or male.  I take original photographs and apply other media to them. Therefore by altering their original state I create a sense of change, discourse, otherness and transformation.  

 In Other hand, My work is a reflection of who I am. It is self exploration, based on emotions, sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful. 

To tell you what my work is about, is challenging. Sometimes, it makes sense to me, bit often after years, only looking back. Whatever wants to come out, comes out. It’s raw. But it’s real.

I tried to fit into the world, the modern, contemporary, dysfunctional, normal world. It wasn’t a good fit. 

I don’t feel I belong. At least, that’s how I sometimes feel. My work reveals this truth. Finding connection in life has been a rare event. Thus, whenever it has occurred, it feels like a fire has been lit within my soul and it pours into my expressions.

It’s entirely an involuntary process. It just happens. I couldn’t consciously create this work. It comes through me from a deeper part of my mind.

What is my identity? At one time, I believed my work would give me an insight into this question. But it hasn’t. I don’t know who I am. At least not in a definable, categorical way. If anything, my work has shown me that my attempts to find an identity are utterly pointless. It’s a seemingly ever-changing mirage. Once I feel I’ve found it, it shape-shifts into something different and unexpected. 

It has shown me that I’m nothing, but simultaneously everything.

My work has no point. But that’s the point. It’s an ode to the abstract and intangible. 

My work is not clear.  It has revealed both my persona and my shadow. My Id and my SuperEgo. My love and my hate. My need to hide and me desire to be seen. My longing for non-existence and my burning passion for life.

Education & Qualifications:


  • MA in Visual Arts, 2013, Cultural Centre, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

  • BA in Photography, 2008, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Azad University of Tehran.

  • Diploma in Makeup Techniques, 2001, Make-up Training Centre, Open Cinematic and Audio-visual School, Tehran.

  • Second Degree Diploma in Graphic Design, 2000, Vocational College, Tehran.

  • Diploma in Graphics, 1997, Technical and Professional School, Tehran.

Solo Exhibition:
  • Presence, 2014, Part of New Voices of Ireland & PhotoIreland Festival, CFCP (Center for creative practices), Dublin. 

  • Silence in Shadows, 2013, Exchange Gallery, Dublin.

  • Through Niayesh, 2009, Barg Gallery, Tehran.

  • Shoes, Conceptual Art, 2008, Maan Honar-e No Gallery, Tehran. 

Group Exhibitions:

  • New Voices of Ireland: Cultural Memory, Transition, Temporality, Sep. 2019, Curator: CFCP, D-light Studio, Dublin. 

  • Full me Twice, 2015, Mart, Dublin.

  • Silk Road II, 2015, CHQ, Dublin.

  • Silk Road I, 2014, Curator Fares Fares, Nasrin Golden, CFCP (Center for creative practices), Dublin.

  • Art Identity, 2011,University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

  • Media Art IX, 2010, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

  • Close-Up, 2009, CPC third Annual Photography Competition-Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada. 

  • Death, 2005, Sheiss Gallery, Tehran.

Residency & Awards:
  • Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice, July 2019, An initiative of The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

  • The City Change Masterclass, May 2019, Curator Michelle Brown, Collaboration with Create, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin


  • 2019, Member visual Artist Ireland VAI.

  • 2018, Member in Communication Team, CPL, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2017, Member of Culture and Art, CPL, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2014, Interview on  Newstalk, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2013-14, Member of Art Committee, Bahar Organization, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2013, Production Assistant, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2012, Lecture on International Artist Mella Jaarsma's Artwork, Bendun Gallery, Semarang Indonesia 

  • 2009, Member of Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA)

  • 2002-06, Organiser and Editor in chief at Khorshid-raga institute of culture and arts, Tehran, Iran

© 2019 Nasrin Golden

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