Against The Odds 2:
Nasrin Golden – is an Iranian/Irish visual artist based in Ireland. Through photography, painting and video art, her work seeks to transcend cultural barriers and convey the commonalities of shared lived experience. More specifically, Nasrin is interested in women’s issues, especially repressed femininity, identity, notions of self and its manifestations.
Nasrin holds an M.A. in Visual Arts, and a B.A. in Photography. She was awarded Summer School residency with Create in Ireland, June 2019, and has been invited to participate in the Women Artists 2nd International Biennial of Macau 2020. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions around the world including: Tehran, Kuala Lumpur, Dublin, Vancouver and Macua.
My earlier work depicts the exploration of identity and sense of belonging. However, themes of sexuality and repressed femininity have always been present in my work. When I relocated from my country of origin, I began exploring these themes more overtly. As I experienced more of life in other cultures, I explored the universal feminine experience (shamed, repressed, overlooked) in more depth.
Coming to terms with cultural differences as a Migrant, and the accompanying cross-cultural comparisons, can be seen in my latest work. I utilize various forms of camouflage, reconciling the need to stay safe (unseen) with the need to express authenticity. I point to our camouflage to remind us that personality remains untouched despite its veiling.
While earlier work focused somewhat more exclusively on the duality of the feminine and masculine, later projects examine the duality of the human condition itself. I have worked with the concept of revealing the split nature or inherent conflicts and contradictions within all of us.
Themes of identity are the central focus of my current work. More specifically, I am examining the concept of the ‘false image’ or ‘Persona’ and how transcending these can lead to a greater sense of authenticity. I use various mediums in this exploration as a deliberate creative choice. My thesis is that all perception is coloured through the lens of a false sense of self. Different mediums convey the ubiquitous nature of this perception in human life.
Themes of identity are the central focus of my current work. I am examining the concept of the false image or persona, how perception can be coloured through the lens of a false sense of self, and how to transcend this in favour of more authentic lived experiences. Themes of sexuality and repressed femininity have always been present in my work. When I relocated from my country of origin, I began exploring these ideas more overtly; as I experienced more of life in other cultures, the feminine experience I knew (shamed, repressed, overlooked) was subverted. These ideas manifest across a range of practices and outputs, including – most recently – forms of camouflage and what these mean for our safety, visibility, self-expression and the inherent conflicts within all of us. ABOUT THE PROJECT – I collaborated with a brilliant artist Iordanis Sidiropoulos, Greek composer, singer and songwriter. The idea behind this collaboration was that Iordanis would compose a piece of music for one of my paintings. Likewise, I would create a visual representation inspired by a piece of his music.
This work titled “Tree of Life” is inspired by Iordanis piano piece titled “As the Leaves Fall”. This song is very meaningful, deeply emotional, and uses nature as a metaphor.
When I first listened to ‘As the leaves fall’ I was deeply moved. My first instinct was to illustrate the falling leaves as I felt it reflected the poignancy of the music. I continued to allow the music to direct my imagination which later would lead to this short animation. My intention was to create feelings of hope and happiness.
CFCP New Voices of Ireland Series 8: The Work
Call for submissions for visual arts and multidisciplinary projects by or involving migrant and culturally diverse artists for the Centre for Creative Practices’ 2025 programme
Deadline – 25/02/2024
The Centre for Creative Practices invites submissions from PROFESSIONAL migrant and culturally diverse artists and local artists working with culturally diverse artists for our 2025 visual arts and multidisciplinary programme. We especially welcome participatory, collaborative, multidisciplinary and experimental proposals by individual artists and collectives. All projects have to include an artist’s talk and a participatory workshop for audiences.
We are inviting project proposals for two strands of our programme:
- New Voices of Ireland Series
- Third Space
THE NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES aims to offer broad audiences a unique chance to engage with high-quality work by selected migrant and culturally diverse artists of various disciplines.
THIRD SPACE – collaborative projects between migrant and culturally diverse artists
Artists’ fees, production and marketing costs will be covered, and curatorial and production support will be offered by CFCP for the selected project. Up to 10 projects will be selected.
Interested artists should submit ONE SINGLE PDF document containing the following information:
- Project/Exhibition proposal – 500 words max
- CV/History of artistic practice – max 1 A4 page
- 6 images of recent work – with titles and medium, where appropriate with dimensions
- Artistic workshop proposal
- Project budget
- Proposed timeline venue
Please submit your proposals via email to email@example.com In the subject line please state: Programme proposal 2025, CFCP
Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just give us a call at 086-6084020.
The submission deadline is Sunday – 25/02/2024. Late applications will not be accepted.
CFCP is committed to professionally supporting, effectively showcasing and developing the talent of migrant artists, offering tailored artistic and capacity-building programmes, mentoring, and resources, and helping artists to access the local arts scene and build sustainable careers.
Migrant-centred and migrant-led, CFCP is acknowledged as a pioneer and catalyst for promoting cultural diversity, intercultural collaboration and exchange.
BACKGROUND TO THE NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES
The New Voices of Ireland Series is a flagship project of integrative, cultural practice between migrant and local artists as well as audiences curated and presented by the Centre for Creative Practices.
The New Voices of Ireland Series aims to:
- Connect creative talent from new communities and various social groups from all over Ireland
- Give migrant and culturally diverse artists an opportunity to share their work and talent with a wide local and international audience
- Engage artists to express their views on social challenges and the role of culture in modern society through artistic practice