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BOLT Residency

Azadeh Gholizadeh

Azadeh Gholizadeh, who was born in Tehran, Iran, is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and architect who explore blurred boundaries of “home” not just in the geographical sense, but also in the virtual and physical sense. Her works include paintings and sculptures and has shown in different venues including Houston Fine Art Fair and the Chicago Artist Coalition's BOLT Residency. She has also lectured at Siamak Pourzand Foundation, Crossing Censorship.

"By changing my physical land, I challenged my boundaries not just in the geographical sense, but also in virtual sense. Psychological influences drawn by cultural and physical displacement and immigration became part of my work," she says.

"This geographical displacement influenced my sense of Identity which has been formed by my relationship to places and cultures that I position myself in. In my work I use veil as a physical and social construct that forms my identity and sense of social distancing from others. The metaphorical relationship between the idea of the veil and the canvas serves as a foundation to explore personal facades and identity through the deconstruction of painting. This is how I try to discover my identity that transforms or re-forms as I change my geographical boundaries. I use materials such as mirrors, duct tape, plastic, and vinyl to cover or veil the identity of objects and of the self."

Gholizadeh received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Learn more about Azadeh Gholizadeh's solo BOLT exhibition Within the Threshold.

Resident year: 
2012-2013