Laleh Kazemi Veisari, Samaneh Roghani, Nazanin Raissi, Malin Holgersson, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian
Nazanin Raissi was born in 1981 in Tehran. She lives in Gothenburg, where she works as an artist and psychologist. Her artistic practice is rooted in photography, and revolves around the themes of memory, time, loss and belonging, intertwined with her own history and the recurrent use of the family photo album as a source.
Raissi obtained her master’s degree in photography from the University of the Arts London in 2019. Her works have been exhibited at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Alma Löv Museum, and CFF – The Centre for Photography, among other venues.
Malin Holgersson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Gothenburg. They are primarily active in the performing arts and audio drama, often staging documentary narratives and work across genres, combining sound, text, voice and body/ies.
Holgersson’s latest work is LIV DÖD SEX POP, a documentary dance performance for Dramaten. They are part of the art group Ful, with whom they made the performances Tal till nationen and Baba Karam – genom Jamileh and Khordadian, as well as the anti-nationalist podcast about artistic freedom, Tal till nationen. Holgersson is also part of the artistic duo HAMN together with Nasim Aghili. HAMN’s latest work was the performative soundwalk Brunbältet at GIBCA 2021.
Afrang Nordlöf Malekian was born in 1995 and lives and works in Stockholm. He holds an MFA from the Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art and an MA from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. His œuvre is deeply concerned with history’s unnoticed actors and makers. He puts historicity to use as a form of documentation and aspiration that calls for improbable and impossible futurities. The artist examines how narratives, hierarchies, systems, and language disappear, return, and transform in the most unexpected ways.
Nordlöf Malekian is represented by Moderna Museet, Public Art Agency Sweden, and the Arab Image Foundation Library. Selected exhibitions include the 10th Berlin Biennale, Moderna Museet, Nordic Culture Point, and Norbergfestival.
Samaneh Roghani, born in 1984, is an Iranian artist who lives and works in Malmö. In her works, Roghani weaves personal stories together with broader narratives about people struggling for a better life. Focusing on installations that provide the audience with a multi-sensory experience by combining visual, auditory, and tactile elements, she creates immersive experiences that shed light on pressing socio-political issues such as migration, oppression and resistance.
Roghani’s works have been shown at Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Kulturhuset Stockholm, CFF – The Centre for Photography, Odenplan Underground Station in Stockholm, Krognoshuset Lund, Malmö Konsthall, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Gallery Rikstolvan, Fotografisk Center Copenhagen, and Åstorp Konsthall.
Laleh Kazemi Veisari was born in 1983 and lives and works in Stockholm. Her interdisciplinary practice embraces drawing, painting and sculpture, with installations developing and elaborating questions around displacement and memory. Kazemi Veisari’s work with archives, memory and language leaves traces in spatial, visual and literary expressions. In her practice she documents and uses found material and stories to study these fragments both intuitively and methodically through varying media holding new relations in space.
Her solo exhibitions include Bror Hjorths Hus, Uppsala, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Oktogonen, Göteborgs Konsthall and GIBCA Extended, Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, among others. She has been awarded the Bror Hjorth Drawing Grant (2018), the Bernadotte Grant (2019), and the Beckers Art Award (2022). Laleh Kazemi Veisari holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm (2019).