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 Godat Seventh Gallery (Naarm) and Brown Pillarsat Firstdraft (Eora). She recently worked with seven artists in the project Eight Fingers Crossed(Kaurna Yarta). The project involved several workshops with an exhibitionresult, 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.
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.