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Niyaz Azadikhah

Niyaz Azadikhah (b. 1984, Tehran) is a Paris-based multimedia artist. She studied Fine Arts at the International University of Fundamental Studies (Moscow, Russia) and obtained an animation certificate from Jahad Daneshgahi, University of Tehran (Tehran, Iran). Her works have been featured in numerous exhibitions such as Fondazione Imago Mundi ( Treviso, 2022), - Foundation Thalie (Brussels, 2021), Paris Asian Art Fair (Paris, 2021), Aga Khan Museum ( Toronto, 2020) Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA, 2018), Galerie Utopia (Berlin, 2014), Jorjani Gallery (Tehran, 2013), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012), and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde (Duabi, 2011).

Through her work, Niyaz Azadikhah relates the stories of the people she comes across. Exploring the inner worlds of the storytellers, her work burrows right into the consciousness of the viewer, making them engage with their personal feelings by addressing them directly to a scene. In an attempt to conquer the inherent untranslatability of emotions expressed by each storyteller, Niyaz produces and reproduces each story through different media from painting and stitch work to video animation. The artist sees her stitch work textiles as bodies that incorporate the emotions and the memories of their narrator. Words, once uttered, are turned into stitches marked on the textile, forming a visual imagery which evokes associations previously dismissed in the letters. 

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