Aïda Vosoughi is an Iranian visual artist residing in Montreal since 2014. She obtained a B.A. in visual arts in Tehran, as well as a certificate in contemporary art history. She conceives her painting practice as being in close connection with ancient Middle Eastern culture and profoundly linked to its literature and storytelling. For some years the tales of Kalila and Dimna have, in particular, inspired her. In this famous collection of ancient fables, the stories are told by various animal protagonists. In fact, these narrations relate directly to human relations and the political realities of power. At first, she found these tales quite relevant to the current socio-political situation. Later on, what she retained was mainly the idea of power dynamics in a metaphorical world. Recreating these dynamics artistically in an indirect manner was what became central to her artistic practice. It is closely related to an in between the lines reading of literature commonly found in Middle Eastern classics. More recently she has experimented with organic mediums, such as ancient preservation techniques. This time-based, performative and ephemeral project focuses on the manipulation of life in human societies.

After leaving Iran, Aida continued researching ancient Middle Eastern culture and literature, discovering along the way its incredible potential to be used in contemporary contexts. Presently she is exploring the different potentialities of artwork in relation to the size. This experimentation allows her to discover the variation of meanings from very small pieces to very big installations. Before and after her departure from Iran, she continuously illustrated for various journals as well as for a children’s book, which was published after she left the country. Currently, in addition to her various projects, she is exploring animation and moving images techniques.

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