Nargess Hashemi (born 1979, Tehran) lives and works in Tehran. Hashemi's works are intimate observations of the dualities that permeate her daily life in Iran by using a diverse range of techniques and materials including monoprinting, macramé, graph paper and acetate. Her style is continuously evolving, from her largely figurative works depicting intimate, domestic and celebratory scenes, to her most recent works in which she uses graph paper to experiment with more abstract, geometric compositions. Central themes of the artist's work remain her preoccupation with the familial routines and habits that she grew up with. These elements are evident in her works and reflect a conflicted sense of belonging and detachment, nostalgia and uneasiness, comfort and entrapment, all at the same time. The use of pattern is another dominant element in Hashemi's work. From the kitschy wrapping paper used as the background in her Wrap Me Up in You series, to the complex bands of repetitive, brightly coloured shapes occupying the minute 1 mm x 1 mm squares of graph paper in her Home and Carpet series, she uses pattern in its many varying forms as both literal and abstract manifestations of the influence of environment and tradition. In her latest works on paper and canvas along with her crocheted macramés, Hashemi investigates her ideas within spatial planning, reimagining architecture and networks with unthinkable freedom.
Hashemi grew up in a traditional Iranian household and studied Ancient Persian at the Neyshabour Institute and Fine Art at Tehran University. She has had numerous solo shows in her home town. She has also participated in Iranian Spring (2004) at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, she was part of a USA touring group show, entitled Wishes and Dreams: Iran's New Generation Emerges (2007) and The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2014). She has collaborated with Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian for a multi-room installation as part of The Creative Act at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2016) and Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (2018). She was part of Bread and Salt's touring exhibition in Italy entitled Good Morning….Good Night! (2018).