Growing up in Tehran, I was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased my sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that I now explore in my work and art-making process.
The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to my work. Through my drawings and body casts, I’m examining displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own bodies.
My series of colored pencil drawings of intimate lingerie, explores connected narratives of pain and pleasure through repeated abstract patterns and images based on photojournalism, art photography, and iconography. I use an aesthetic of pleasure to attract the viewer’s attention. Yet upon closer inspection, through the layers of colored pencil, past the details of lace and filigree, disruptive iconography becomes apparent, narrating inherited histories of nation and belief.
Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art (2009), and both her MA in Art Education (2013) and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture (2015) from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. In 2017, Azita Moradkhani won the prestigious Young Masters Art Prize & was announced winner of the inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize.
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