The Book of Joy #12, 2016. Mixed media and resin, 19 x 32 inches.

This week we welcome Nazanin Noroozi, a multimedia artist who incorporates moving images, printmaking and alternative photography processes to reflect on notions of collective memory, displacement and uncertainty. Noroozi’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, including the Immigrant Artist Biennial, Noyes Museum of Art, NY Live Arts, Prizm Art Fair, and Columbia University. 

The Meeting #1, 2021. Cyanotype and silkscreen on paper. 15 x 11 inches.

She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (film & video), Marabeth Cohen-Tyler Fellowship at Dieu Donné, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Mass MoCA residency (MA). She is an editor at large of Kaarnamaa, a Journal of Art History and Criticism. Noroozi completed her master’s degree in fine arts in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute. Her works have been featured in various publications and media including BBC News Persian, Elephant Magazine, Financial Times, and Brooklyn Rail.

Excerpt from Purl. 2019. Stop-motion video, color, sound, 02:41 min

“My works incorporate moving images, printmaking, and alternative photography processes to reflect on notions of collective memory and trauma. My work begins with private and family archival images, overlaid with found imagery of environmental catastrophes, and man-made disasters. Questioning archives as modes of cultural transmission and historical memory, I invite the viewers into fragmented narratives that reflect on the idea of displacement.

This Bitter Earth #10. 2022. 18 x 24 inches. Pulp screen print with hand pulled sheet of cotton and abaca. Paper made by the artist. 

“My new project is based on found footage and archival images of the downing of the PS752 flight by the Iranian government, Beirut’s blast in 2020, and the U.S air force clearance of Afghanistan in 2021. These viral videos and images that are consumed by everyday users are juxtaposed with super 8 family images through printmaking and hand paper-making techniques to address notions of displacement, tragedy, and instability.”

See more of Noroozi’s work on her website and Instagram page.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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