Zhenia Mahdi-NauI’m an artist currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My work spans in film and photography, painting and illustration, fashion, digital arts and motion graphics.

I have a strong interest in fine-art photography, especially of dance and movement and have worked with a number of contemporary dancers. I am developing a new body of dance work which began during my residency at Tyrone Gutherie Centre in Ireland.

I am also very interested in documentary street photography.

I was born in Iran and left after primary school to live in London. I studied fashion in Epsom School of Art and began to delve into figurative painting and illustration.

I later moved to Northern Ireland and worked for MaxMara in Italy as a freelance fashion designer for 10 years until 2009.

I returned to studying and completed a degree in Visual Communication and then my Masters in Future Communications at University of Ulster in Belfast.

I have made emotive documentary films with a particular emphasise on personal stories including my 2012 feature film Tapestry of Colours which was made into a creative interactive educational resource for post-primary schools and young people, 5 shorts for 2015 Invisible Barriers, Moving Images Film Festival for Golden Thread Galleries and Belfast Film Festival, 2009 short ‘Living in the Half Light’ featured on the C2K Teachers Network as well as short films for City of Dublin Educational CDVEC and NI Hospice.

I have recorded improvisational vocals for film sound tracks for films including More4 Channel’s  ‘Monkey Love’ by Doubleband 2006, feature film ‘Pump Girl’ Dir. Carol Moore 2009 and ‘Ancient Skies’ 2012, Dir. Grant Wakefield. My vocals also feature on Banco De Gaia’s 2013 album Apollo.

I have also done extensive work in managing projects and training and facilitation of children, youth and adults in digital arts and film making to music and visual arts.  I’ve done this both as a freelance artist and tutor for clients such as Ulster University, OMAC, Connecting Cultures, Beyond Skin, WEA and SureSkills, as  a full-time senior multimedia trainer and schools programme coordinator for Studio ON, Belfast  from 2008 -2011 and as director and project manager of Tapestry of Colours creative and educational projects.

I love finding and capturing beauty through immersive creativity.