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Aun Gallery May 2012 Nazgol Ansarinia 01
Tehran

Nazgol Ansarinia’s art reflects upon tensions between private worlds and

the wider social realm. Having trained in art and design in London and San

Francisco, the Tehran-based artist has a keen sense of how local iterations

of a culture might act as a site for the hopes and fears of those living in a

(faltering) globalised world.

The collage series ‘Reflections/Refractions’ uses the hexagonal grid of

traditional Persian mirror-mosaics to display and displace careful excised

stories from Iranian newspapers. Each collage is based on a single article

from the newspaper Ettelaat (‘Information’), the longest-running daily news

journal in Iran. Latticing these articles with reports on the same subjects from

different papers, the resulting image appears, at first, abstract. The news

story itself is most clearly evident in the works’ pithy titles, which reference

everything from building projects in Tehran, to the fall of Gaddafi’s regime in

Libya and the riots in London in August 2011. While the motif of the mirror

mosaic provides a formal means of structuring these collages, it also lends

the works a further meaning. For, if newspapers are a ‘reflection’ on current

events, and if the desire to read from numerous sources is a condition of

the Internet age and a preoccupation of many in Tehran, this is perhaps

best pictured through the fragmented reflections of the mirror-mosaic. It

should be noted that elaborate reflective mosaics are an Iranian speciality,

traditionally used as a bedazzling form of interior décor. Applied here to the

notion of a multiplicity of perspectives, Ansarinia suggests that knowledgehunting

is both newly global and uniquely Persian.

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