Azadeh Gholizadeh's works explore the body, landscape, and the fragmentation of memory through an examination of her own emotional connection to a sense of belonging. She is interested in thinking about the relationship of landscape to memory in a manner described by Simon Schama as "a way of looking; of rediscovering what we already have… instead of being yet another explanation of what we have lost, it is an exploration of what we may find"(1)
1. Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory (1995, New York: A.A. Knopf), pg. 14.
Azadeh Gholizadeh was born in Tehran, Iran. The artist received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois in 2012; a Masters of Architecture and Urbanism from Iran University of Science & Technology in Tehran, Iran in 2009; and a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran in 2006.
Solo exhibitions of Gholizadeh’s work include: Dawn to Dusk at Goldfinch in Chicago, Illinois; Oh, Swallow where do you live in Winter? at Apparatus Projects in Chicago, Illinois; and Withing the Threshold at Chicago Artist Coalition’s Bolt Space in Chicago, Illinois.
Group exhibitions that have shown Gholizadeh’s work include Ten x Ten at Homeroom in Collaboration with Chicago Composers Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois; a show curated by Claudine Ise at Riverside Art Center in Riverside, Illinois; a show curated by Nazafarin Lotfi at Everybody Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Outliers, curated by Ambereen Karamat and Lee Ann Norman at the Franklin in Chicago, Illinois; Transistors, curated by Ariel Gentalen at Ralph Arnold Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; After Junkspace at Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Chicago, Illinois; This is the place, curated by Elizabeth Lalley at ACRE in Chicago, Illinois; Artificial Life, curated by Meg Noe at the Chicago Artist Coalition in Chicago, Illinois; Reproducibles at Museo de Arte de Armenia in Armenia, Colombia; and Reproducibles at Espacio El Dorado of Bogota in Bogota, Colombia.
In 2022, Gholizadeh was a Chicago Artadia Awardee and Hopper Prize Spring Chapter winner. In 2017, Gholizadeh was the recipient of a Brenda Green Gender Inclusivity Scholarship for participation in the ACRE Residency program.
Currently represented by Goldfinch