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Elmira Abolhassani

Elmira Abolhassani, b. 1989, Mashhad, Iran.
Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

Abolhassani holds a master’s degree of glass art and science from the Lisbon Fine Art University. The ultimate purpose of her artistic journey, to date, has been to understand how human networks and identities are formed and what their underlying structure is. Her works reflect her attempt to understand the meaning of network systems and, in particular, her role and position – as an individual node – in this complex web, as well as the nature of her artistic task as an interpreter of this all-encompassing network. Her works and thoughts stem from her belief that we must first attain a clear vision of ourselves in order to apprehend significant aspects of our world. 
Therefore, as a visual artist who uses glass as the primary material in her works, she tries to find herself while trying to master glass. Glass is a material that can be soft or hard, transparent or opaque, solid or liquid: a living creature that you have to befriend to be able to work with. However, as an artist, she uses any object that can demonstrate her concerns.

Her works have been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in international galleries and institutions such as S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway (2019); Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China (2019); National Museum of Natural History and Science, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); and the City Museum, Almada, Portugal (2016).

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I saw all the mirrors on earth, and none of them reflected me….

Jorge Luís Borges, the Aleph and other stories

Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?
Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror. its shining face, the heart;
its darkened, the world;
The back world please you if you’ve never seen the face.

Has anyone produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed

Jalal ad-din Mohammad Rumi, Be Lost in the call
We’re all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from happiness to obesity — can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don’t even know.


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