Aida Azin


b. 1988 Garrmalang (Darwin, Australia)

Aida Azin is a multidisciplinary artist living on Wurundjeri land. She uses her painting practice as a platform to promote the importance of self-representation on cultural perspectives within the visual arts. The themes presented in Aida’s art practice often reflect her experience as as a second-generation Australian born Filipino-Iranian woman. She critiques the effects of White Imperialism, holding space for collective discussions within communities that are in the process of strengthening connections with their cultural heritage.


In 2019 Aida exhibited solo shows; Lonely God at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne and Brown Pillars at Firstdraft, Sydney. She joined the youth-focused project Living and Breathing (‘the LAB’) and co-started the community arts project Saluhan. In 2020, Aida will be exhibiting new work in ACE Open’s If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Artist Survey and 20:20 at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).


Her work features in public art projects and mural commissions across Kaurna Yerta/Adelaide and Naarm/Melbourne as well as being published in zines and national magazines, most recently, UN magazine (2020).




email: ola@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

20:20, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), NSW. (upcoming)

If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Artist Survey, ACE Open, Adelaide. (upcoming)

Rise Against Hunger #WeBidAsOne benefit auction, Gavel & Block, Salcedo Auctions, Manila, PH.

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, youth outreach 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

Aida Azin: An Exploration of Mother-Tongue Language by Rayleen Forester, un Magazine 14.1, Melbourne, May 2020.

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.




Photo: Thomas McCammon


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