Aida Azin*


Aida Azin is a visual artist living on Wurundjerri landMelbourne). Her practice is based in Naarm(Melbourne), Kaurna Yarta (Adelaide), and sometimes the Philippines.

She uses her practice to promote the importance of pride in self-representation for People of Colour. Aida’s work often engages with her heritage through imagery and ideas that reflect experiences of finding representation as a first-generation born Filipino-Iranian woman in ‘Australia’.

In 2019 Aida exhibited two solo shows; Lonely God at Seventh Gallery (Naarm) and Brown Pillars at Firstdraft (Eora). She recently worked with seven artists in the project Eight Fingers Crossed (Kaurna Yarta). 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 of St Albans where she runs regular art workshops. The process of engaging with community has taken more focus in her practice and in 2019 Aida initiated an ongoing project; Saluhan: a Community Arts Project touring Kaurna Yarta, Naarm, and Manila (the Philippines).

This year Aida will be exhibiting new work under the curation of Andy Butler and Nanette Orly for Shifting Centre as part of Next Wave festival at Testing Grounds (Naarm). In July, 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. (Upcoming)

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

Shifting Centre, Next Wave, Testing Grounds, Melbourne. (upcoming)

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

2019

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

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.

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

Illustrator, commissioned by Pantera Press, Australia, 2017.

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

Artist 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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