upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Mina Zarfsaz

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Mina Zarfsaz is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and system thinker who works across the fields of art, philosophy, architecture, and design. Her work seeks to invert common tools and social control to create dialogue, exchange critical perspective, generate questions and ideally inspire a better understanding of what we perceive as reality and its representations. 

Zarfsaz’ work explores the nature of perception and the organization of the everyday in the world around us. Her work is part of a larger set of challenges to two ideas: we consider our bodies separate from our environment, and that our perception happens in our heads without requiring an enactive approach to the environment. 

In her procedural installations, the walking body is conditioned by the architecture where the body often gets involved in a series of imaging-along— walking around, bending, and situating in order to assemble or dismantle an expectation—that reconstitutes new perceptions, and thereby reinscribes new realities.

Zarfsaz has attended Pratt Institute's MFA ComD program and received her MFA from Montclair State University in Studio Arts. She holds a BFA from State University of New York, a BA in Business Administration from University of Alzahra and an Interior Design Certificate from Tehran University. Zarfsaz currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds teaching appointments at Temple University, and Moore College of Art and Design.

Zarfsaz regularly works as a lecturer and workshop leader; her work has been shown internationally: Magnan Metz Gallery (NYC), Broadway Gallery (NYC), Times Square Museum (NYC), New York State Museum (Albany, NY), Azad Gallery (Tehran, Iran), Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia), and CruxSpace (Philadelphia) to name a few. She is also a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grantee, and has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and at Icebox Project Space. Her work is also featured in Philly ArtBlog, Philadelphia Inquirer, Artslant, NY Arts Magazine. In 2016, Zarfsaz joined the art collective Vox Populi in Philadelphia as a member and board of directors’ member representative. At Vox, she focused on curatorial, publications and educational programming. She is currently working as an independent curator and will be the residency coordinator of Esther Klein Gallery at the University City Science Center for the coming year. 

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