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Alinah Azadeh

Associate Artist

Fine artist installation, video and digital media. Recent works include The Gifts, (2010) a suspended installation of 999 objects given to the artist by the public and wrapped in cloth and Chasing Mirrors: Portraits of the Unseen,( 2010) a collaborative installation for The National Portrait Gallery, playing with ideas of non-figurative portraiture. Alinah's installations result from processes of collaboration and participation, with other practitioners, specific groups and/or the public.

Short Biography

Alinah Azadeh is a British-Iranian artist with a background in painting, video and digital media. Since her MA in Art and Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster in 2001, she has developed public installation works that are informed by elements of social psychology, communal ritual, poetic narrative and gift and exchange. Her larger installation work centres on engaging herself and others in processes of playful and philosophical self –reflection, within public contexts, and seeing what happens.

Recent works include The Gifts, (2010) a suspended installation of 999 objects 'past their emotional shelf-life', gifted to the artist by the public and ritually wrapped in cloth. This commission, for Bristol Museum and Art Gallery through the shape of things, was her first major solo show in the UK. Chasing Mirrors: Portraits of the Unseen (2010) was a collaborative installation for The National Portrait Gallery, playing with ideas of non-figurative portraiture.

Alongside her public work, she makes smaller works, including fabric sculptures and drawings.

www.alinahazadeh.com

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Loyal Enemy is a lens through which I have been given the opportunity to focus on issues, and draw apon memories and metaphors that are rooted both in my own personal cultural history and are also interwoven as part of a broader collective narrative through work with the group. This rich process has been sparked off by the extraordinary life of Marmaduke, a life full of contradictions and of direct relevance to our current socio-politcal landscape.

Photo of Alimah Azadeh