Nasrin Golden

Visual  Artist

Bio:

I am an Iranian visual artist, based in Ireland since 2012. My Masters degree is in Visual Arts (2013) and a BA in Photography (2008).

I look closely at division (what creates and maintains a sense of separation) and how this manifests in every aspect of life. 

I work with concepts that question the notion of identity, sense of belonging and Otherness; to provoke and open up a dialogue. 

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

Art Statement:

Initially I took photographs in black and white. The focus was on form, at least consciously.

Shadow, light and texture were what I found most fascinating. Aesthetic choices were

made based almost exclusively on emotion, impulse and instinct.

However, underlying themes emerged upon subsequent reflection. The emotional intensity

of my early work raised questions. Where was this burning need to create coming from?

What drove this yearning to express through non-verbal media?As these themes gradually

began to reveal themselves, I found that they mirrored the emotional conflicts I

experienced as a young artist. The ever-present sense of being censored and controlled

in the Patriarchal society of my homeland had forced my creative and expressive impulse

underground. Shamed into rejecting all that is somatic and carnal, works such as

“Silence in Shadows, Series I” explored sensuality as reflected in nature itself.

Femininity, coercively silenced, was celebrated implicitly through exploration of shadow and form.

While my early work was unconsciously driven, coming to terms with what it revealed was a liberating and transformative experience as an artist. The power of authentic self-expression had been restored to me. What followed was an outpouring of repressed expression. The creative process itself often became overpowering, as if the emotions given voice stemmed not only from a personal perspective but perhaps the wider collective (Feminine) unconscious. Work such as “Presence” and “Outside the box” reflect this period.

Themes of sexuality and repressed femininity have always been present in my work. Later, when I relocated from my country of origin, these themes were explored more overtly. As I experienced more of life in other cultures, the universal feminine experience (shamed, repressed, overlooked) was explored in work such as “Fool Me Twice”. 

Subsequent work has mirrored my own exploration of identity, belonging, and sense of self. Coming to terms with cultural differences as a Migrant and the accompanying cross-cultural comparisons can be seen in work such as “Replication”. In my work entitled “Salvation”, I examined the concept of using camouflage as a means to become one with the space one occupies. It points to the longing of life experienced by one far from home, feeling unsettled and insecure. In a sense, it’s about the ability to not stand out. To not be ‘the other’. When one is not at home, camouflage becomes attractive.

While earlier work focused somewhat more exclusively on the duality of the feminine and masculine, later projects have examined the duality inherent in the human condition itself. Work such as “Versatility” reveal the split nature or inherent conflicts and contradictions within all of us. Here, various pieces portray the Persona/Shadow divide within human consciousness. “Salvation” also touches upon themes of identity and the process of inquiry into what makes a sense of ‘Self’.

Currently and in the foreseeable future, themes of identity are the central focus of my work. More specifically, I am examining the concept of the ‘false image’ or ‘Persona’ and how transcending these can lead to a greater sense of authenticity. I use various mediums in this exploration as a deliberate creative choice. My thesis is that all perception is coloured through the lens a false sense of self. Different mediums convey the ubiquitous nature of this perception in human 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:
  • 2014, Presence, Part of New Voices of Ireland & PhotoIreland Festival, CFCP (Center for creative practices), Dublin, Ireland. 

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

  • 2009, Through Niayesh (Veneration), Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran. 

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

Group Exhibition:
  • 2020, Upcoming: ARTFEM II, “Natura”, Women Artists 2nd International Biennial Of Macau 2020, Macau. Was postponed due to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

  • 2020, Upcoming: By Nature,  NAA (Namibian Arts Association) Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia.

  • 2019, Cultural Memory - Transition, Temporary, Transcultures, Curator: Monika Sapielak, Part of  the New Voices of Ireland, D-light Studio, Dublin, Ireland. 

  • 2015, Fool Me Twice, Mart, Dublin, Ireland.

  • 2015, Silk Road II, Curator: Fares Fares, CHQ Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

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

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

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

  • 2009, Close-Up, CPC 3rd Annual Photography Competition-Exhibition, Caroun Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.

  • 2005, Death, Curator: Farshid Azarang, Sheiss Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

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

Publications:

Other

  • 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

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