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Women in Shadow

7.30 PM - 8.30 PM
Monday 9 April 2018

Nasim Nasr, Women in Shadow, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2011. Photo: Rodney Magazinovic

Artist Nasim Nasr draws on her personal experience as an Iranian-born Australian to probe the situatedness of dressing the female form. For this highlight SCCI Fashion Hub co-presented with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Nasr fills the MAAS Turbine Hall with video, sound and contemporary dance, delivering a runway show with a powerful twist.

Nasim deals closely with themes of power, memory and rebirth as represented through the veiled figure. The paradox of the chador, being agent of both concealment and enticement, is played out this evening in the form of a haute couture fashion parade, challenging both traditional mores and contemporary celebrations of the female form. Nasr boldly orchestrates a meeting of East and West that confounds cultural norms and puts notions of gender identity firmly into question.

A continuing theme in her work, fashion is here explored as a cultural signifier and a source of engenderment and a product of social construction.

With special thanks to WINK Models Australia.

Booking Information

Paid event $40. This event is booked through MAAS.



Women in Shadow
Monday 9 April 2018
7.30 PM - 8.30 PM
MAAS 500 Harris St Ultimo


Nasim Nasr

Through video, photography, performance, objects and sound, Nasim Nasr highlights complexities within contemporary notions of cultural difference, balancing and counterbalancing Western and Eastern perspectives. Nasr graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from the Art University of Tehran, Iran (2006), and a Master of Visual Arts (Research), SA School of Art, University of South Australia (2011). Her work is in prominent collections in Qatar, Dubai, the US, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, including the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra. Nasr appears in: