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Nirmal Raja and Nina Ghanbarzadeh

August 20 - September 11, 2015

With their origins from India and Iran Nirmal Raja and Nina Ghanbarzadeh show will be held on Thursday August 20, 6-11p at HINTERLAND, 3254 Walnut St, Denver 80205, CO. For additional information please contact Sabin Aell at 720.309.1764, or email.

Hailing from India and Iran respectively, Raja and Ghanbarzadeh are interested in themes of displacement, migration and cultural negotiation. An important component in these themes is language. Living between two cultures, they find themselves constantly translating and finding different ways of communicating. In their recent work, they explore different aspects of language- script as form, legibility and illegibility, communication and chaos and the relationship between drawing and writing. Through mixed media works that include unconventional materials, video installation, cut paper, wall stencils, prints and drawings, they ask these questions- Is communication possible beyond and outside of our conventional understanding of language?

What is the potential of text when it becomes non referential- like music, beyond specificity and context? What is lost in translation?

Made possible with the generous support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Visual art.

Nina Ghanbarzadeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Pune University, India in 1989. She immigrated to the United States in 2001 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus in fine art and graphic design in 2013. She recently completed two years in RedLine Milwaukee’s artist in residency program. RedLine is an urban arts laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and also provide access to art for diverse communities. She is also part of Material Studios and Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.

Ghanbarzadeh has participated in a number of group shows in Wisconsin. She is the recipient of Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund, Student Silver ADDY and Fredric R. Layton Foundations Scholarship Awards. She is also a teaching artist and has been involved in many workshops, lectures and presentations. Recent focus in her work has been the intersection of text and image and the potential of using text to create movement and texture.

Nirmal Raja is an inter-disciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, WI. Raja received a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature in India, a diploma in Graphic Design from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is a mentoring resident at Redline Milwaukee, an urban arts incubator and community print shop and teaches at the University of Wisconsin and other institutions on a part-time basis.

She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally and internationally. She has won several awards and grants including a recent grant from Wisconsin Arts Board and the Milwaukee Arts Board supporting an exhibition at Redline and a grant from the Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund. Most often, her work deals with concepts of displacement, cultural negotiation and memory.

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