Elnaz Javani is an artist and educator who works between the media of textile, drawing and print, currently based in Chicago, IL. Her practice revolves around the fragmentation of identity and place, power dynamics and labor. Javani holds an M.F.A in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, and B.F.A from Tehran University of Art. Javani was awarded the Enrichment Grant, from the Art Institute of Chicago (2021), the Define American Art Fellowship Grant (2019), the Kala Art institute Fellowship award and residency grant (2019-2020) and the Hyde Park Art Center Flex Space Residency award (2019). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in the USA, Spain, Iran, France, Colombia, Turkey, UAE, Germany, Canada and Switzerland.
Image: Elnaz Javani, My Effigies (2020). Stuffed object made of white muslin fabric, hand sewn with black thread and covered the external layer with stories in Farsi & Azari calligraphy. Dimensions vary.