Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art (2009), and both her MA in Art Education (2013) and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture (2015) from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University.
Drawings of intimate lingerie explore connected narratives of pain and pleasure through repeated abstract patterns and images based on journalism photography and iconography. Moradkhani uses an aesthetics of pleasure to shift our focus to possibility, to hope. Yet as we look more closely, through the layers of colored pencil, past the details of lace and filigree, disruptive iconography become apparent, narrating inherited histories of nation and belief, engaging us in more complex ways.
Meanwhile, by casting her own body, Moradkhani places herself in a vulnerable situation which challenges her own belief systems. She again mixes imagery—tattoos of memory and history—to emphasize both inter- and dis-connections between sexual representation and national identity, between the public and the private.
Moradkhani was a recipient of both the Young Masters Art Prize and the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize from the Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London. She has also received the Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Grant and was juried into the prestigious Medal Award Gala auction at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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