Art Residence: Farniyaz Zaker (Iran-UK)


26.06 - 14.07.2017

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Program: [Art residence]

From June 26 to July 14, 2017 in the Art Residence in Kronstadt the Iranian-born artist Dr Farniyaz Zaker will work.

Her practice ranges from site-specific installations to video, sound and drawing. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art at the University of Oxford. Artist currently lives and works between St.Petersburg-Russia, Tehran-Iran and London-UK. Her works have been internationally exhibited since 2002. Farniyaz Zaker was the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her works can be found in private and public collections.

Located between architectural theory and gender studies Zaker’s art practice and writing largely deal with the nexus of body, society, and place. Much of her practice explores how bodily practices and spatial awareness define our sense of identity, belonging and the very concept of knowledge. Her work is both generative and corrosive of boundaries, such as the one between architecture and clothing. It often employs transparency and opacity, repetition and memorisation, text and textiles and plays with notions of the public and the private, the physical and the psychological.

In Kronstadt Art Residence Farniyaz Zaker will work mainly on a kinetic installation on the topic of the mutual relationship between subject and object, between us and our surrounding built environment, based on Martin Heidegger’s philosophy.

Artist’s website:

On the 13th of July 2017 Farniyaz Zaker gave an artist-talk at the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.

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