MOP Foundation, in partnership with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, is delighted to offer a unique research-based residency opportunity for emerging and mid-career Iranian artists living and working in Iran. This residency offers one individual the opportunity to focus on the development of their artistic research in London. The successful candidate will be granted a live/work space for a period of 8 weeks at Parasol unit in London’s East End, as well as a return economy flight from Iran.
Various opportunities will be made available for the successful candidate, based on their research, to develop their practice, build connections and collaborate with other arts practitioners and institutions in London. These encounters will culminate in a public round-table discussion/presentation at Parasol unit. This residency does not include an exhibition of works at Parasol unit.
Applicants are required to submit a research proposal (500-1,000 words) stating how they might approach the residency, and what they hope to achieve. The area of research is not prescribed, but the selection panel will be looking for proposals that illustrate a clear ambition and direction for a specific line of research that is related to the artists’ practice.
MARJAN NEMATI | RESEARCH RESIDENT 2015
11 July - 22 August
Marjan Nemati was born in Tehran, Iran in 1981. Nemati predominantly works in the medium of painting and her latest series, 'What Was and What Is', focuses on the urban historic architecture and its relation to collective experience.
Her BA in Painting was received from Azad University in Tehran in 2004. Subsequent to that she completed her MA degree in Illustration at the Tehran University in 2007. Nemati's MA thesis 'Comic Books' was published by Nazar Art Publications with an introduction by Mr. Farshid Mesghali in 2014.
She has held solo exhibitions at Golestan Gallery (2010, 2014) and Banafsheh Gallery (2002) in Tehran. Her works have been exhibited in a variety of national and international art galleries since 2001. She currently lives and works in Tehran, Iran.
NAZGOL ANSARINIA | RESEARCH RESIDENT 2014
1 July - 26 August
Nazgol Ansarinia was born in Tehran, Iran in 1979. She graduated from the London College of Communication in 2001 before taking a Master of Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in 2003. Ansarinia has exhibited internationally, most recently participating in the Iran Inside Out exhibition at Chelsea Art Museum, New York, in 2009. She was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in March 2009.
Following her most recent project Fabrications (2012-2013), Ansarinia investigates the production of urban developments after the Iranian Revolution, as well as the creation of urban spaces in relation to cultural studies in Tehran. She currently lives and works in Tehran, Iran.