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.

Ansarinia’s practice is sited upon the fraught faultline between the private realm and its wider socioeconomic context. Even as its concerns have shifted from the intimacy of domesticity to an interest in the built environment, it has maintained an engagement with physicality and materiality. Still, the traces of lived experience—of owners, of residents—remain important. As a whole, the works explore how local iterations of a culture might act as a fulcrum and flashpoint for the hopes and fears of people living in an increasingly, albeit asymmetrically, globalised world.

Nazgol Ansarinia
Nazgol Ansarinia
Tehran, 1979

Current Exhibitions

Nine Iranian Artists in London: The Spark is You

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

22 May — 08 Sep
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art presents “Nine Iranian Artists in London: The Spark is You“, a group exhibition of works by contemporary Iranian artists curated by Ziba Ardalan,...

Past Exhibitions

Nazgol Ansarinia: Demolishing buildings, Buying waste

Green Art Gallery
19/03/2018 — 03/05/2018

Nazgol Ansarinia: Paper Trail

Galleria Raffaella Cortese
10/03/2016 — 11/05/2016

Nazgol Ansarinia: Surfaces & Solids

Green Art Gallery
16/11/2015 — 09/01/2016

Statue of Limitation

Green Art Gallery
17/11/2013 — 04/11/2014

Solo Shows

Fragments, Particles and the Mechanisms of Growth, KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium

Paper Trail, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy
Nazgol Ansarinia, Surfaces & Solids, Green Art Gallery, Dubai

Surfaces & Solids, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Change of Skin, Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Nazgol Ansarinia – Daniela da Prato Gallery, Paris

Group Shows

Women House, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA

Women House, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
What We Know that We Don’t Know, KADIST, San Francisco, USA
Planet 9, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Variable Dimensions, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada

Metatextile: Ruptured Narratives, Exchanged Values, Edel Assanti, London

Kurz / Dust / غبار ,Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Imago Mundi. Luciano Benetton Collection. Mappa dell’arte nuova, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
Centrefold Project: Spring of recession, Sazmanab, Tehran
Biennale di Venezia – 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Settore Arte, Venice
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Statue of Limitation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai
2Q13: Women Collectors, Women Artists, Lloyds Club, London
Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, Museum of Contemporay Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

A Permanent Record For Future Investigation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai
Systems and Patterns, International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, San Francisco, CA
The elephant in the dark, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Tehran Country of birth: Iran Date of birth: 1979 Lives in: London, UK