2018 Finalists

Nasim NASR

Artist statement: Since relocating from Iran to Australia, I have attempted to highlight the complexities within contemporary notions of interchangeable identities and cultural difference. My practice of multiple-channel video, photography, performance, installation, 3D objects and sound, seeks to establish a symmetry or counterbalance of cultural and intellectual separation between East and West. ‘#11’ from the 33 beads series, engages these conditions through the compulsive and predominantly male habit of handling traditional prayer and non-prayer beads (worry beads/tasbih), in response to the fluctuating conditions of being ‘worried’ or ‘unworried’ about major life issues and concerns. The tension between the female hands and the worry beads suggests an unspoken metaphor – to hold on to one’s past or to let it go, sensing the cyclical and infinite nature of the human condition.


33 beads #11  2018
from the series 33 beads
pigment ink-jet print
120.0 x 90.0 cm
courtesy of the artist, GAGPROJECTS (Adelaide/Berlin) and Art Atrium (Sydney)


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