Negin Mahzoun

Negin Mahzoun (b. 1984, Tehran, Iran) lives between New York and Tehran. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from University of Science and Culture in Tehran, and is currently enrolled at the MFA Studio Art in the City College of New York. Most of the themes of her works are in direct relationship with her lived experience. She addresses the psychological trauma that arises from sociopolitical problems in her portraits and works involving the human body. Her work began with painting and she has experimented with a variety of materials over the years. Mahzoun’s works have been presented in many group and solo exhibitions, international festivals, and biennials.
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“Anybody wants a cheap rhino?”
They are not predators but they are killed by hunters. They generally eat leafy material and they let small birds sit on their backs. They are solitary animals that walk the plains and woods, always on a journey. Perhaps this is the last century in which the northern while rhinos are walking on planet earth.
Trading northern while rhinos has put these species on the verge of extinction, and these creatures will soon be beyond saving. At present, there are only three rhinos left, which are incapable of breeding naturally. Scientists are hoping to save this species through the development of stem cells technology.

Negin Mahzoun, “Anybody Wants a Cheap Rhino?”, Installation, Cast Alminium, 13 x 40.5 x 6.5 cm, 2016
Negin Mahzoun, “Episode 01: Prolongation” group exhibition, installation view, 2016
Negin Mahzoun, “Episode 01: Prolongation” group exhibition, installation view, 2016