Aishe Vejdani (b.1986) is a visual artist, currently based in between South Korea and Finland. Her first exposure to art was through her mother and grandmother’s Turkmen carpet making which familiarised her with intriguing geometric patterns and minimal yet rich colours. Later her first academic exposure to art was to English literature during her bachelor studies. Where she got fascinated by different methods of writing such as stream of consciousness, and absurd yet humorous writings of Samuel Beckett. It was during these years that she decided to shift to painting for her master’s degree.
Today after more than a decade of practice in painting, experimentation with video, film and music, she still takes inspiration from literary methods such as stream of consciousness by applying concurrence of different elements. This allows her to get out of restrictions of essentialism where she can travel freely between multiple layers of her being and different visual styles. Within this frame she aims to construct a connection between her familial history, her two nationalities—Iranian-Finnish, her Turkmen ethnicity and her desire to experiment with different forms and mediums. Furthurmore Her practice reflects her continuous relocation between Finland and multiple countries such as Japan, South Korea, Austria, Germany… during last 7 years.
Through her artistic research, she has engaged her practice with themes such as Identity in relation to limits of representation and narrative, Memory in relation to familial history shaped by contemporary historical events, and currently with Future and the challenge of envisioning it outside revivalism or pastiche.
Photo: Kamila Sladowska