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Elnaz Javani

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Elnaz Javani is an Iranian artist and educator currently residing in Chicago. She works between the media of textiles, drawing, print, soft objects and installations. Her practice revolves around the fragmentation of identity and place, power dynamics and labor. Through layering, stitching and dye; she tries to construct a personal, fictional and imaginary space of existence. She holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, and a BFA from Tehran University of Art. Javani was awarded Faculty Enrichment Grants from SAIC 2022-2021, and was named one of Chicago's Break Out Artists of the year for 2022, she has received a Spark Grant from Chicago Artist Coalition 2021, the Kala Art Institute Fellowship Award and Residency Grant 2020, the Define American Art Fellowship Grant 2020, and the Hyde Park Art Center Flex Space Residency Award 2019. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in the USA, Spain, Iran, France, Colombia, Turkey, UAE, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland.

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