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"STILL Art" 07/2021 Introducing artists in residence - Paria Goodarzi & Francisco Llinas:

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

Paria Moazemi Goodarzi Francisco Llinas

Paria Goodarzi, born and grew up in Tehran, lives and work in Glasgow and a member of UNESCO RILA Affiliated Artist network. Studied BA (Hons)Textile Design from University of Science & Culture in Tehran (2004), HND Textile from Cardonald college in Glasgow (2016), she studies Sculpture & Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art (2021).

Her Work revolves around cultural and political transfers and translocations, the ideas of the contemporary human condition, cultural identity and political issues that resulted in an ambivalent coexistence of civilised life, conflict and displacement.

Paria Goodarzi's work responds to such contemporary, cultural and political aporias by examining the hybrid condition of our society and the processes of formation, performance and representation of identity through a multidisciplinary praxis that often takes the shape of collaborative, participatory and socially-engaged artworks.

She co-founded an art initiative under the name ‘Distanced Assemblage’, focused on community and socially engaged art practice; developing a series of collaborative projects that examine ideas of cultural appropriation and belonging by altering the meaning, function and contexts of cultural artefacts, symbols or actions to make a positive impact in the long-term wellbeing and visibility of minority groups within our ever-changing society.


Francisco Llinas

Born 1994, Venezuela - Based in Glasgow, UK

BAHons Sculpture & Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art

Francisco explores notions of migration, Latin American identity, the Bolivarian Diaspora, and the elaboration, performance and representation of cultural difference. He is a UNESCO RILA Affiliated Artistand current artist in residence at UNIDEE 2021.

His work often takes the form of installations and participatory art. He explores, however, a breadth of media and techniques; starting with annotations, drawings and audiovisual 'gestures', which are later translated into sculptural arrangements and/or performances. Such a multidisciplinary approach responds to his interest in liminality as the space where identity is negotiated, and art as an emancipated form of enunciation.

Similarly, an important part of his praxis is the development of socially-engaged art projects responding to ideas of cultural belonging and representation, de-colonisation of cultural spaces and stories of migration. As part of community-oriented projects, he has collaborated with various cultural organisations, such as Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Counterpoint Arts, Glasgow Women’s Library and the Scottish Refugee Festival; facilitating workshops, discussions, talks and exhibitions.

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