Paris Kunst

Interview with Nazanin Pouyandeh

Born in 1981 in Tehran, Nazanin Pouyandeh lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieures des Beaux Arts of Paris (Pat Andrea's studio), regularly takes part in exhibitions in France and abroad: Paris, Annecy, Lyon, Bussels, Neuchâtel, Berlin, Hanover, Athens, New York, Los Angeles. Her paintings are part of public and private collections such as the Frissiras Museum (Athens), the Ramin Salsali private Museum (Dubai), the Leila Heller's collection (New York) or the Colas collection (Paris).
Artist. Nazanin Pouyandeh
Tendresse printanière 2020 oli on canvas 100 x 81cm

How are you? What does the current situation in Paris look like?
I am doing good. What matters most to me is to find inspiration to paint every day. Whatever happens, whatever the situation. Painters spends most of their time in their studio. I cannot say the current situation with the COVID-19 in Paris impacts me too hard. However, on a daily basis, not seing faces of people in the streets – because of the mask – is very strange and sad above all. I used to enjoy watching faces when I walk.

Artist. Nazanin Pouyandeh
Artist. Nazanin Pouyandeh. Photo: Mahka Eslami 

Your visual language is very recognisable and memorable – strong contrasts, lots of skin and untypical poses. How did it come about?
I think the origins of a visual language for a painter is rarely very conscious. As for me, it comes from how I see the world and what I want to express, but also from my utopias.

It looks like a film scene. How do you describe your topics?
In my paintings, I deal with existential subjects such as desire, war, fear, love, death. Then, I borrow different forms of expression, which inspire me without any hierarchy – such as old paintings, cinema, the primitive arts, etc. I always need a strong human presence in my paintings. I also often ask my friends to pose for me and I take pictures of them. And indeed, the shooting looks like the backstage of a film shooting. The characters are often paused in a cliffhanger action, which is hard to decrypt.

Intimacy means…
Privacy is often a secret. Something of your own that you don’t expose. But artistic work has a direct link with intimacy. In any case, art is a creative and poetic form of enhancing intimacy and showing it to an audience.

What do you do when you don’t paint? What do you enjoy?
I love to read, watch good movies, go on great trips and see my close friends. Even if these moments of life may have no connection with painting, I always use them in one way or another to create my paintings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
Despite the current situation, I had a very busy year in terms of exhibitions and events. The coming months will be quieter ones. Starting February 2021 I am participating in a collective exhibition entitled ex africa at the musée du quai Branly. Then I will participate with my gallerist Vincent Sator in the next edition of Art Brussels in the spring if all goes well.

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