I explore the phenomenology of spatial experience to investigate how self and place relate to and define each other. In the context of collective histories and memories, I seek the subjectivity of the politicized individual. I draw inspiration from physical locations that I occupy, such as my studio or my kitchen, as well as memories of places and imagined locations. My work engages formal and traditional binaries of image-making such as figure/ground and turns them into conceptual territories to create meaning. I create places for dwelling where space is opened up between flatness and depth and functions as sites for imagination, resistance, and rest.
Nazafarin Lotfi received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her BA from the University of Tehran in 2007. Selected solo exhibitions include: Negative Capability at Regards, Chicago; Become Ocean at Soon.tw, Montreal; Poiesis at Fernwey Gallery, Chicago; White Light at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Love at Last Sight at Brand New Gallery, Milan; Circles at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago. Selected group exhibitions include: This here, at Regards Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sedentary Fragmentation at Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL; Group Portrait, Unisex Salon, Brooklyn, NY; The Particular Poetics of Things at Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL; Welcome to the End, Franklin Space, Chicago, IL; Resonant Objects at Logan Center Exhibitions and Arts Incubator. In 2015-16, Lotfi was an artist in residence at the Department of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.