Photo by Mahdokht Mahmoudabadi

Photo by Mahdokht Mahmoudabadi

About Nooshin Rostami:

Nooshin Rostami is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She was born in 1986 in Shahroud, and raised in Tehran, Iran. Rostami received her MFA from Brooklyn College (CUNY) in 2011. She has widely exhibited and presented her work in solo and group settings in the United States, Iran, India, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Rostami’s work has been featured in number of publications such as Baumtestquarterly, Jadaliyya and Ajam Media Collective. Her research interests pertain to politics of geography, identity, and gender. In her work she embodies themes often inspired by personal narratives through mediums of performance, installation, drawing and painting. Rostami is currently an artist in residence at NARS Foundation In Brooklyn, NY. 

 

Paperwork performance

Paperwork performance

About the work:

The core of my practice navigates two distinct states of solid and fluid. I work with controlled systems of structures using varied materials and processes. Their construction brings a series of mutable and spontaneous gestures that negotiate the relationship between stability and uncertainty. The mechanical part of my work is often expressed through geometric forms where I measure tangible and abstract spaces. This geometry is liquified and broken down by uncontrollable and fluid means such as light, reflection, movement, and negative space.

Through a multitude of techniques and mediums, I investigate bygone days of growing up in Iran, immigration to the United States and navigating exile. In an attempt to decipher my diasporic identity, I am driven to reexamine my upbringing, speculate on possible futures, and seek a fleeting balance within this complex state of in-betweenness.

The narratives I wish to communicate determine the medium I choose to work in. My process oftentimes begins with a thinking space where a series of drawings or abstract paintings morphs into other mediums as themes and narratives emerge. A consistent undercurrent shaping my practice therefore involves mapping the fine lines between seemingly paradoxical notions such as human versus machine, static versus fluid and stability versus uncertainty. I navigate the scope between these binaries in order to arrive at exciting new amalgams.