Is a collection of drawings inspired by,or rather reacting to, the capacity of a beauty product called “Black Henna”.  The powder has the ability to contaminate anything in proximity to it.  And the behavior of this product is strange and odd. There is a slowness and beauty to the way the Henna traces change, as the powder has never ending changing characteristics. When the product is released in the air it can barely be seen by the naked eyes, as it flows freely with every motion and movement in space, until time takes its course and the material finally lands on the closest surface, and it would appear as dust. It gives you a confusing and puzzling feeling. The way time manipulates the product, and its capacity of leaving stubborn traces on every surface may reminded us of the unpleasant incidents that leave traces in our lives and how things that are not important suddenly become significant.

 

 

 

In Mina Asgari’s work, Henna also represent one of the main elements of nature, such as soil or dust. Dust is a reminder of endless daily tasks, which seems empty of meaning, also simply brings to mind the absence of existence. The focus of Mina Asgari’s work is to portray metaphorical and mental contamination within highlighting the chaotic facets of nature, still life and human composition.

1st series,She began to splatters the powder chaotically on the paper in her studio, causing the material to be contaminated and traces left all over her working space. Her actions cause the process to begin, one that shows evolves over time. Manipulating and experimenting with techniques in applying the powder, using different tools, has allowed Asgari to witness her abstract drawings changing, becoming like landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Those metamorphosizes gave each piece an opportunity to tell their own story. 


 

2nd series of drawings, She asked the audience to participate by taking a deep breath and blowing on the powder, spreading it and allowing to set on the paper. Visually the action is breathtaking as the actions of blowing is fast, but the transformation of the powder is a slow and mysterious process. The result looks like an explosion, a culmination and an end to an actions. Each drawing created represents the trace of the individual breathing, a trace of their presence, thus the series is named “The portraits of ten artists”

 

MINA ASGARI

Bastille Design Center, May-2019, Paris, France.

Curation with, Cécile Bourne-Farrell,curator and advisor for Conte Art.

 

"Once, There was a plant in the garden", 2019.                                           "Portraits of Ten Artists", 2019.

"ONCE, THERE WAS A PLANT IN THE GARDEN"

Espace Future,Sep-2019, Paris France.

Espace Future,Sep-2019, Paris France.