Nasim Nasr’s art practice, utilising multiple channel video, photography, performance, installation, 3D objects and sound, since relocating to Australia from Iran—presented nationally and internationally—has attempted to highlight the complexities within contemporary notions of interchangeable identities and cultural difference, as experienced between her past and present cultures and homelands. In considering the inherent contradictions and ambiguities within how objects and actions have sustained different meanings, and how multiple interpretations impact upon contemporary perspectives, her practice seeks to establish a symmetry or counterbalance of cultural and intellectual separation between West and East.

 

Since graduating with a Masters VA, University SA, 2011, she has developed a body of work that has been featured in various exhibitions, festivals and publications in Australia and internationally. Nasr has exhibited in major presentations—Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong; Bazaar Art Jakarta, Indonesia; Art Dubai & Art Dubai Cinema, UAE; Video Stage & Art Stage Singapore; Video Arte Australia y Nueva Zelanda, M100, Santiago, Chile; Broken Links, Central Saint Martins, London and the Boston Biennale Project, Venice Biennale. Nationally Nasr has held solo exhibitions at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide 2013 & 2017; and in group exhibitions—second time finalist at Blake Art Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney 2018 and 2016; Bowness Photography Prize (Winner of the People’s Choice Award), Melbourne 2017; Under the Sun, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney & Melbourne 2017; Sixth Sense, National Art School Gallery, Sydney 2016; Redlands Art Prize, Sydney 2016; TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne 2014; Landlocked, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney; CACSA Contemporary 2010, 2012 & 2015, Adelaide; Performance Presence/Video Time, AEAF, Adelaide, and Blinc, Adelaide Festival of Arts, 2014.

 

Nasim Nasr recently presented 45 mins a multidisciplinary performance Women in Shadow II, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney through the Sherman centre for Contemporary Ideas Fashion Hub 2018. The original presentation of this performance, Women in Shadow, was held at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide in 2011. She is published in the Guardian this year on her art journey from East to West.

 

Her performance and video practice has been written about in major academic publications, by Anne Marsh—Video Void, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, and Performance_Ritual_Document, Melbourne: Macmillan Art Publishing, both 2014, and the forthcoming ‘Art and the Islamic Female Diaspora’, Adam Geczy, Bloomsbury Publishing. Nasr’s work has been collected by Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Gene and Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney; Artbank, Sydney. In 2013 she received an Australia Council Emerging Artist Professional Development Grant.

 

 Powerhouse Museum - Speech after  'Women in Shadow II Performance ', 2018. Photo by Nick Prokop

Powerhouse Museum - Speech after 'Women in Shadow II Performance', 2018. Photo by Nick Prokop

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