Nazgol Ansarinia (b. 1979, Tehran) with Curator Leyla Fakhr, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2009

Rhyme and Reason, Carpet, handwoven wool, silk and cotton, 255 x 355 cm

In Rhyme and Reason the traditional motifs of the Persian carpet are replaced with everyday scenes of contemporary life in urban Iran. In this work, Ansarinia draws parallels between the design of the Persian carpet, an intricate composition of intertwining and often disparate motifs, with the structureof life in her native Tehran. Tehran is a multi-layered and complex city, made up of many competing fragments coexisting within one framework. Ansarinia’s work broaches the social existence within Iran; her unexpected imagery breaks up preconceived notions or romanticised views of the orient.

About Nazgol

Nazgol Ansarinia, lives and works in Tehran. She works in a variety of media, including installation, film, print and drawing. Her visual language is mostly determined by the nature of her subject. Ansarinia received her BA in Graphic and Media Design from the London School of Communications and her MFA in Design from CCA San Francisco. She was one of three finalists of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative program 2008 and showed with Green Art Gallery, Dubai.

About Leyla

Leyla Fakhr is an independent curator and an Assistant Curator at Tate Britain. She previously worked at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and studied in Tehran and London, where she received her MA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2006.

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