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About the Artist

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As a self-described Iranian “with an American twist,” Golnar Adili (b. 1976), was born in Virginia but relocated to Iran at age four, and experienced separation and uprooting in its different manifestations. Through art, poetry, and craft, she decodes the ways in which these events have influenced her life. Working primarily with photography and collage, Adili’s process involves deconstructing and reconstructing an image or object. By referencing Persian poetry and biographical documents, the artist creates landscapes of longing and displacement. Adili’s craft-intense process mimics digital processes at times, creating a juxtaposition in exploring new distortions and blurring the lines between design, craft, and fine art. Adili holds an MA in architecture from the University of Michigan and has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy and the Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books.

From the Journal

From the Journal

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  • Multidisciplinary artist Golnar Adili told us about her background in architecture, the framework where chance can occur, and how the urban environment influences her work.

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