Aïda Vosoughi conceives her painting practice as being in close connection with ancient Middle Eastern culture and profoundly linked to its literature and traditional storytelling. Her artistic re-interpretation and novel conceptualisation of many of these classic stories allow her to revisit her native Persian culture in a contemporary manner. For some years, the tales of Kalila and Dimna have, in particular, inspired her. In this famous collection of ancient fables, the stories are told directly by various animal protagonists. In fact, these narrations relate directly to human relations and the political realities of power. Later on, what Aïda Vosoughi retained was mainly the idea of power dynamics in a metaphorical world. Recreating these dynamics artistically in an indirect manner was what became central to her artwork. It is closely related to a reading between the lines of literature commonly found in Middle Eastern classics. To this end, she notably integrates classical figurative approaches into contemporary conceptions of artwork. Her paintings often blur the frontier between abstract and figurative art or reality and fiction.
Aïda Vosoughi is an Iranian visual artist who lives and works in Montreal since 2014. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in visual arts in Tehran, as well as a certificate in contemporary art history. Even after leaving Iran, Aida continued researching ancient Middle Eastern literature, discovering along the way its incredible potential to be used in contemporary contexts. Presently she is exploring the different potentialities of art in relation to the size of paintings. This experimentation allows her to discover the variation of meanings from very small to very big installations. Before and after her departure from Iran, she continuously illustrated for various journals as well as for a children’s book, which was published after she left the country. Her work has been exhibited in Iran, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada. Currently, in addition to her various projects, Aïda Vosoughi is exploring animation and moving images techniques.