Matilda Aslizadeh

MFA (UC San Diego)

Throughout her career, Matilda Aslizadeh has developed a dense visual language positioned between photography, video, and animation that evokes the complexity and saturation of the contemporary media landscape. Her video installations and photo-based works draw on a vast array of visual influences – both esoteric and popular – to rethink narrative structures that persist in Western culture.

Aslizadeh reworks narrative tropes that range from Greek mythology to science fiction in order to shift conventional thought in relation to our contemporary social, political, and economic condition. Her large-scale productions use compositing techniques ubiquitous in Hollywood filmmaking as well as strategies that harken back to the early days of the “cinema of attractions” to generate fictional landscapes that form the background for storytelling. Cinematic and immersive, her pieces resist passive engagement.

Aslizadeh received a BFA from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and film festivals and has been the subject of several solo exhibitions including: Foreman Art Gallery (2017), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (2016), Simon Fraser University Gallery (2012), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (2009), SKOL Centre des Arts Actuels (2005), Or Gallery (2005), and Artspeak (2003).