Artists and Projects

artist

Zahra Moein

year

2023

about the artist

Zahra Moein (b. 1993 in Iran) is an artist currently based in Berlin, Germany.

In her artistic practice, Zahra Moein draws inspiration from cinema and the everyday experiences that shape her life. She works mainly with photography and video, and in-between photographic and cinematographic images, she sees the inclusion of her daily life, memories, and struggles and takes them into her artistic expression as a form of resistance and a source of purpose.

In recent years, she has placed a strong emphasis on incorporating text into her work. She sees writing as a powerful and timeless feminist tool with the ability to offer an emancipatory approach to expression. Through the use of poetic language, she found a way to connect her written words to her photographs and videos, creating a more unified and impactful piece. Her artistic approach focuses heavily on narrative, with the intention to be the narrator of her life and assert agency over her own body.

about the residency

Zahra Moein was in Residence Botkyrka during April 2023, part of a collaboration with Extension Art Space where she presented the performance work Notes of Vulnerability and Braveness.

This performance, “Notes on Vulnerability and Braveness” is a glance of my life since I left Iran, and it is inspired by the work of Chantal Akerman. Sometimes the last tool you have is your memory. The last way of resistance. You were the witness, and all you can do now is try to remember, trying to tell people to fight against amnesia. Sometimes your identity is your memory. After a while, the time takes on new meaning for you. Past now and future. The past will cover all of it. The new version of the past. A past with a new narrative. Ah, narrative, it’s all about that. Right? How you are going to tell the story. Which story are people going to remember? Zahra Moein

documentation

collaboration and support

This residency was organised by Extension Art Space, in collaboration with Residence Botkyrka and supported by Kulturrådet.

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