Hadi Nasiri is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist and activist whose work involves painting, sculpture, graphic design, performance, and political protest. From a young age, Hadi has been involved in political activism, launching the underground woman’s rights organization in Iran “Afarinesh.” Living under a repressive regime that severely restricts free expression and dissent, Hadi chose to channel his political frustrations into art and pursued a degree in Visual Media at the University of Shahid Rajaee in Shiraz, Iran. In the face of censorship, oppression, and authoritarianism, he has refused to be silenced. Hadi was the first artist to participate in the New York City Safe Haven Residency Program, a multi-organizational artist residency program designed to house, integrate, and support at-risk artists. He is a former artist-in-residence at Flux Factory and Montalvo Art Center.
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