Working with photography, installation, video, text and design, artist Golnaz Esmaili creates images and objects that explore the relationships between storytelling, everyday materials and varied bodies, both human and non-human. Her practice contemplates the aftermath of memory and the suspension of time on image-objects enacted within the intersecting spaces of history, epistemology, language and technology.
Esmaili’s work has been presented in a number of exhibitions in the US, Iran, Lebanon, Canada, France, Brazil and Austria, and her writing has been published in Lookie-Lookie, Metropolis Magazine, Graphic Magazine, DIS Magazine and Arabesque 2. She was a fellow at the Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2017–2018) and a founding member of the collective ALLGOLD, who were in residency at MoMA PS1, New York (2014–2015). She was awarded first prize at the Chaumont Graphic Design Festival, a John A. Carrafiell Scholarship at the Yale School of Arts and a Vijeh travel grant in Tehran.
Esmaili received a BFA from Azad Art University (2006), an MFA from Tehran University (2009) and a second MFA from Yale University (2012). Born in 1985 in Tehran, she currently lives and works in New York
March Meeting 2019