Issue 1: Research Festival

Memories of the Motherland

Video essay discussing the development of my practice through research, with personal footage filmed in Iran and documentation of my painting practice.

I am trying to instil a sense of home in my surroundings with the paintings I create. As a diasporic individual, for me a sense of home arises when I talk about the past, particularly about the time I lived in Iran. I like to think of my paintings as portals. Portals to a past that I long for. In my practice I explore the relationship between the screen/camera, tools used for capturing and viewing the past and the analogue act of painting – to make something tangible. I currently paint from an archive of images taken by me and my father.


Mina Fouladi, Screenshot, 2022


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About the contributor

Mina Fouladi is a London based painter, exploring a mixture of emotion and memory, time and space through her work. Mina graduated from MA Fine Art: Painting at Camberwell in 2022. Follow her work at @foulmina.