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Nasim Moghadam

In the intricate tapestry of my identity, I perceive myself as a human and a woman, shaped by the diverse stories of my life. Throughout my artistic journey, I draw from a rich reservoir of life experiences, spanning from personal family moments to observations of global society.

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This diverse array of encounters has etched an indelible mark on my soul. Paradoxically, I often find myself in a world that doesn’t fully align with the ideals I hold dear. However, this disconnect fuels my creative drive even more. Over time, these impressions have found expression through various art forms. Growing up in Iran, I had a front-row seat to the complex interplay of cultural identity and the myriad challenges faced by women in a society steeped in tradition, religion, government, and ceaseless change. These firsthand experiences profoundly shaped my perspective and ignited the flames of my artistic exploration. At the core of my creative process lies a vision of a world characterized by equality and solidarity. I draw inspiration from the unwavering resolve of women who transcend the boundaries of culture and politics, fearlessly uniting to spark transformative movements.

Through my art, I aim to encourage introspection and stimulate societal change, shedding light on the enduring constraints and hardships faced by women and their bodies, embracing the pain and strength intertwined within. My work delves deep into themes of discrimination, hyphenated identities, and the limitations imposed on women, encompassing both their physical forms and voices. To explore these themes, I employ various mediums, including video, photography, sound, and multimedia sculptures of different scales. The materials I meticulously select serve as poignant reminders of the essence of femininity and the strength of the female body within diverse cultural contexts. These materials encompass a wide range, from the gentle threads of Iranian women’s hair to the steadfast nature of wood, the raw touch of soil, the tactile allure of fabric, and even the sharpness of staples and shard glass from beer and wine bottles. Each material is thoughtfully chosen to symbolize the multifaceted nature of women’s identities and the societal constraints they confront. My work serves as a perpetual reminder of the daily struggles women face, drawing inspiration from the unyielding efforts of women across the globe who fervently defend their fundamental rights.

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