Aida Azin*


Aida Azin is a visual artist living in Naarm/Melbourne. Her practice promotes the importance of self-representation on cultural perspectives. Aida uses her artworks to sound-out or create space for therapy and discussions, often including themes that reflect on her experience as a first-generation born Australian.

In 2019 Aida exhibited two solo shows; Lonely God at Seventh Gallery and Brown Pillars at Firstdraft. She recently worked with seven artists in the project Eight Fingers Crossed. The project involved several workshops with an exhibition result, and an artist book by Have You Seen Him publishing. In 2019 Aida joined the youth-focused creative project Living and Breathing (‘the Lab’) based in Melbourne’s westside where she runs regular art workshops. The process of engaging with communities has taken more focus in her practice. In 2019 Aida initiated an ongoing project; Saluhan: a Community Arts Project touring Adelaide, Melbourne, and Manila (the Philippines).In September, Aida will be exhibiting new work in ACE Open’s 2020 South Australian Artist Survey.

Aida has a Bachelors Degree in Visual Art from the Adelaide College of the Arts, 2015. In 2017 she completed her honours year in painting at the University of South Australia where she studied the topic of institutional racism in the visual arts.



For enquiries email: ola@aidaazin.com


AIDA AZIN

b. 1988 Darwin (Australia)

ola@aidaazin.com

www.aidaazin.com




EDUCATION

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), University of South Australia, 2017.

Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design, Adelaide College of the Arts, 2015.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Brown Pillars, First Draft, Sydney.

Lonely God, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne.

2017

enormous blind spots, Format Gallery, Adelaide.

The Kid in Me, John Harvey Gallery, SA.

2016

Everything is Stolen, Fontanelle Gallery, SA.

Everything is Stolen, Project 20, Manila, the Philippines.

2015

Kalahati Kidz, Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide.


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

2020 South Australian Artist Survey, ACE Open, Adelaide. (upcoming)

2019

Circular, Blakdot Gallery, Melbourne.

SALUHAN: Pearl Diving Report, Project 20, Manila, the Philippines.

SALUHAN: a Community Arts Event, the Night Heron, VIC.

SALUHAN: a Community Arts Event, Negative Space residency, Minor Works, Adelaide.

Spring show - (a fundraiser for Djap Wurrung), Brunswick East, Melbourne.

Eight Fingers Crossed, FELT Space, Adelaide.

Firstdraft Auction 2019, Firstdraft, Sydney.

2018

A Sinking Feeling (the Politics of Risk), Blakdot Gallery, Melbourne.

Critical Mass: Locked In, Blakdot Gallery, Melbourne.

International Citizen, T1 Adelaide Airport, SA.

Acetate, Mr Goodbar, Adelaide.

2017

A Walk in the Park... and other Calamities, SASA Gallery, Adelaide.

I’ll Be Alright Without You, Format Gallery, Adelaide.

[sic] Rose, Praxis, SA.

Wonderwalls Street Art Festival, Harts Mill Flour Shed, SA.

Home Thoughts from Abroad, Praxis, SA.

2016

Mother, Tongue, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide.

Six Contemporary Artists, Floating Goose Gallery, Adelaide.

4:24, Project 20, Manila, Philippines.

Single Use, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide.

2015

Open Inspection, Floating Goose Gallery, Adelaide.

Leisure, Fontanelle Gallery, SA.

Chromazone, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide.

Content Unavailable, The Mill, Adelaide.

Baboon Ritual, Café Troppo, Adelaide.

2014 

Exit, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide.

Graduates Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide.

Postered, Tooth and Nail Gallery, Adelaide.


SELECTED GRANTS, FUNDING, COMMISSIONS, AWARDS, WORKSHOPS & PROJECT INVOLVEMENT

Artwork, commissioned by Next Wave, Melbourne, 2020.

Mural collaboration, anti-graffiti program, supported by Brimbank council, 2020

Youth arts facilitator, The LAB, Youth Arts Workshops, supported by City of Brimbank, 2019 - ongoing.

Creator/producer, SALUHAN: a Community Arts Project, South Australia, Victoria, the Philippines, 2019 - ongoing

Participant, Stories from the Future, supported by Diversity Arts Australia, Nexus Arts, Country Arts SA, Workshop, Adelaide, 2019.

Mural collaboration, Flinders University Mural, commission, 2019.

Artist collaboration, Eight Fingers Crossed, FELT Space, supported by Carclew, Adelaide. 2019.

Children's art facilitator, Explore Arts Workshops, supported by Carclew, 2017, 2018.

Semifinalist, 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards SA, The Coffee Club Australia Arts and Fashion Award, 2018.

Mural collaborations, Street Art Explosion, supported by Adelaide Fringe, 2015, 2016, 2018.

Children's art facilitator, Womadelaide Kidzone, supported by Carclew, 2017.

Mural, Wonderwalls Street Art Festival, supported by Renewal SA, 2017.

Artwork, commissioned by Pantera Press, Australia, 2017.

Practice-led research in the Philippines, Project & Development Grant, supported by Carclew, 2016.

Collaboration, Atlas, Adelaide Botanic Gardens Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide, 2015.




SELECTED INTERVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Eight Fingers Crossed, by Aida Azin, Alycia Bennett, Tessa Crathern, Kathryn Evans, Karlien van Rooyen, Ellesse McLindin, Emmaline Zanelli, Thomas McCammon, and Olivia De Silva, Have You Seen Him, Adelaide, 2019.

Interview #64 - Aida Azin, interview by Cher Tan, 23 July 2018, LIMINAL, liminalmag.com/interviews/aida-azin

IMAG[IN]E: Aida Azin, interview by Sascha Tan, 26 February 2018, Verse Magazine, versemag.com.au/magazine/imagine-aida-azin/

Space is Cool as Fuck, by Kate Howells and illustrations by various artists, Pantera Press, Australia, 2017.

Space Rocks!, by Kate Howells and illustrations by various artists, Pantera Press, Australia, 2017.

A rest along the way, by Rachel Earl, Issue 10: Purpose, April 2017, Fine Print, fineprintmagazine.com/rest-along-the-way

Interview: Aida Azin, by Emmaline Zanelli, 8 August, 2016, Yewth, yewthmag.com/blog-feed/2016/8/8/interview-aida-azin


SELECTED PUBLIC TALKS

Art Meets Theory roundtable, Critical Race Theory & Resistance Art conference, Flinders University, SA, 2019.

Who speaks for a community?, Panel discussion, Sister Gallery, SA, 2017.

Intersectional feminism in the South Australian arts, FRAN FEST, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide, 2017.

Creative Women of Colour: a panel discussion, Zombie Queen’s ZINE SWAP 6, ACE Open, Adelaide, 2017.

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