Nooshin Hakim ,born in Qazvin, Iran is a performative sculptor currently based in Minneapolis, MN as teaching faculty at the University of Minnesota. She received her BFA from the Tehran University and excelled in graduate studies at Texas Tech University in Sculpture before receiving her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She is currently artist fellow of Weisman museum of art.
She is the recipient of outstanding student achievement in contemporary sculpture award from Sculpture magazine and Jerome fellowship.
Some of her upcoming exhibitions will be in Weisman Museum of Art, Walker museum, south Dakota museum of art and plain museum.
Hakim has shown nationally and internationally in Iran, Germany and the United States. she had exhibitions at the Museum fur Neue Kunst in Freiburg, Germany, Open Museum Night (Muka Night) in Karlsruhe and kunstverein-grafschaft-bentheim in Germany and eine Kunstausstellung in Schwarzwald ,two person show with Chris Larson in Washburn loft in Minneapolis , Minnesota museum of American art and in Grounds for sculpture park.
Lined within her work are reflections of social environment and the border and gaps expressed through installation and performance. The space between the body and the space within and around that body she likes to explore. At the root of her work are socio political issues which are in constant flux.
My interdisciplinary practice investigates the material culture of conflict, displacement, and transition through objects, performance, and community collaborations. As an Iranian artist now living in the United States, my relationship to material culture is often marked by my own experiences with political entropy, violence, and migration. Within my work, there is always an underlying element of tension between two forces: a viewer’s reflection that becomes distorted and cut by glass tessellations, two bodies tethered together by string, while struggling to pull apart from one another, a tower of wooden blocks that teeter on the edge of collapse when played with.
Objects become important markers of time and place in the context of political and social tension. A formative moment in how I approach the use of objects occurred when a riot broke out on my college campus in Iran. Fellow students gathered a wooden sculpture I had constructed for an exhibition and set it on fire to serve as a protective barrier from tear gas. After the riot, the police meticulously cleaned the streets, erasing any sign of human presence left behind in the aftermath. However, the one thing they could not erase was the scorched footprint of my work marking the pavement. Even in the most calculated tactics of erasure, the evidence of resistance thrives. As a result, I often employ objects in my work that undergo a destructive metamorphosis resulting in a poetic gesture.
The notion of conflict also carries away in my community works. In a project in Germany I excavated soil from a site that is the marker of the time of turf mining slavery in a village that now is a home to a small community of refugees. I worked with a group of Syrian and Afghan refugees to explore how the soil that contains the idea of growth and prosperity has been exposed to control.
Because of the community aspect of my work, I have worked with different minorities such as Somalian , Afghan ,Syrian and Iranian immigrants . My projects with these communities tend to make a bridge between these minorities and the host society in a poetic way. It can be as simple as simple as collecting a lullabies. In a project called 100 lullabies I collected lullabies from individuals from countries that somehow have a hand in the war in the middle east. Those lullabies ended up to individual children being displaced due to war in their motherland.
Recently , as artist in residence of Weisman Museum of art I started collaborating with the center for new Americans, school of Law and Electrical engineer. The result is a pirate radio “ Radio Rhizome” which is a platform for those their life have been a long transitional phenomena and yet do not have any voice in our society.Waves will be broadcast within a short frequency and radios will be placed on different sites and bridge in that pedestrians can listen to.