November 23, 2021

Artists Respond to Texas Senate Bill 8: Nooshin Hakim Javadi

A naked, female-presenting torso faces the camera in the foreground, in front of a window; her arms partially cover her breasts; her fists are clenched and poised up, as if ready to punch. On her belly is a message written in thick, black, all-caps: YOU ARE COLONIZING MY BODY AS YOU DID MY HOMELAND

Photo by Nooshin Hakim Javadi

About the Series

On September 1 2021, the Texas state legislature adopted State Bill 8, which allows private individuals to sue anyone aiding women in accessing abortions. We invited some of WAM’s past artists-in-residence to offer their reflections and commentary on this Texas law in images and/or text. Nooshin Hakim Javadi chose to submit an image-only response.

Read an introduction to this series of artists’ responses to the legislation by Curator for Creative Collaboration Boris Oicherman.

About the Artist

Nooshin Hakim Javadi, a Target Studio artist-in-residence, works at the intersection of sculpture, installation, and performance. As an Iranian now living in the United States, Javadi’s practice investigates the material culture of conflict, displacement, and transition, considering how these experiences are internalized by the body. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Tehran University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in Visual Arts with a minor in Projection Design. Javadi is the recipient of a 2017 Franconia Sculpture Park Jerome Fellowship, a 2020 Emerging Artist Jerome Fellowship, and 2018/2019 Target Studio for Creative Collaboration Fellow at the Weisman Art Museum.  Her interdisciplinary works and performances have been shown in the United States, Europe and Iran including the Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany; Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus, Germany; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN.

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