Azadeh (Azi) Gholizadeh, is a Chicago-based artist and architect. Born in Tehran, Gholizadeh received her MA in architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2009, and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. In her current practice Azadeh explores body, landscape and fragmentation of identity and place by examining one’s own emotional connections to belonging. She has participated in group shows at Hyde Park Art center, Heaven Gallery and Goldfinch's Flatfile among others. Gholizadeh was an artist in residence at the BOLT Residency and ACRE.
CNL Projects: What is one thing you feel you have learned or experienced as an artist that you feel you can share with your peers and emerging artists in the field?
Azadeh Gholizadeh: One thing that I feel comfortable to share is my reflection on my experience as an immigrant. My experience and the learnings from it has been expanding recently and I guess I owe it to the double perspective I have and apply to my practice. I read about it from Edward Said and I experienced it first hand. Not only it made me able to put my judgement into a wider perspective, it expanded my notion of imagination. It opened up a wider path to understand and explore myself as an artist and as a woman. It taught me how to find an intermediate platform of a visual language to communicate.
CNL: What’s something that you’re seeking from others in the field to support your practice?
AG: Well, this is a difficult question. I guess, I am seeking commissions. I feel at this point in my practice, I need more time and therefore financial support to explore myself. My practice is self exploration and for the first time after 8 years, I know the path that I want to explore. I am not a resident and I work more than what my body can afford to generate money to be able to go through the immigration process. I believe with commissions not only I can make sure that I can move forward with my immigration process but as a result I can have a piece of mind to make. You might think why someone would like to commission me: I have had experiences that have given me a unique expression.
CNL: What’s a piece of advice you would share with other artists or cultural producers in your field?
AG: To read more texts specially the ones that is not in your interest. We live in a time that space is limiting but the knowledge is expanding and we need to catch up with that otherwise we will be outdated.
Live in places that are different from what you have experienced. Then, tell your own story!