EMERGING BIPOC ARTIST PROFILES : Azin Mohammadi

Azin Mohammadi is an Iranian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Montréal. Currently enrolled in the Master’s of Information Studies program at Université de Montréal after completing a BFA in Art Education from Concordia University, she presently works as an art facilitator for seniors in rehabilitation while pursuing her passion for the stage. Credits at the Fringe include performing in ’The Thrill of the Chaise’ (Chocolate Moose Theatre Co.) and ‘Bullshit’ (Collectif Les Louves).

In reflecting on the kind of art that speaks to her: “I’m inspired by anything that brings a fresh perspective on a concept, idea, or story,” she begins. “Even if it’s something as well known as Shakespeare, for example, and someone approaches it with a different outlook or draws new parallels with the world we live in today, I’m really interested in that.”

“I will specifically add, though, that I also have a really gory side. I like to be shocked and feel emotions heightened,” she muses.

Azin is furthermore an emerging playwright whose latest piece, ‘Trifekta Babe’, was slated to open at the MainLine Theatre this past May as part of the Revolution They Wrote Festival. With that production being cancelled due to COVID-19, an online reading of the play is now being presented by Teesri Duniya Theatre as part of its Fireworks Program Showcase.

When asked if her Persian background finds its way into her original creations, she describes it as an exploration in process. “I’m kind of in this discovery phase where I’m trying to bring more of it into my art, but I’m still having some difficulty and resistance in doing so. I don’t exactly know why yet. But my heritage is dear to my heart, and so I’m working on that little by little.”

What is most certain, however, is her desire to see her identity further represented in the theatre.

“In fact, I’d like to see more diverse stories in general – from artists with disabilities, people of colour, LGBTQ+ individuals, etc,” says Azin. “I think that if there is any positive that’s coming from everything that’s happening right now with Black and Indigenous communities, it’s that these voices will be valued and given a chance to be heard. And it’s about time. It’s gotten better but we still have a long way to go. I hope this moment will make us all look at our own behaviours so that we can better ourselves and the world we live in.”

FRINGE FIRE ROUND
Favourite Fringe show you’ve seen?
Last summer I saw Marissa Blair’s ‘Spurt of Blood’ and I still think about this show to this day (…speaking of gory…).

Annual Fringe Tradition?
Going to Jeanne-Mance park after a show with friends and just chilling with a few beers while talking about theatre and art.

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