NGV Triennial

Talin Hazbar



Accretions 2020 presents a series of five evocative and intriguing light works, literally grown in the waters off the coast of Sharjah. The designer’s practice questions our understanding of, and relationship to, nature and its systems. Accretions continues Hazbar’s ongoing enquiry into the capacity of the earth’s oceans to nurture life and organic processes capable of creating ornament, structure and form. Drawing on the natural systems of the ocean, where calcium accumulation and accretion is commonplace, Hazbar repeatedly submerges hand forged steel armatures to encourage the growth of molluscs, crustaceans and corals. The calcium carbonate structures these life-forms construct on the surface of the armature transform it into an ornate light shade. Through this process, each shade becomes a specimen of the specific ecologies, conditions and life-forms that inhabit the area of submersion. In relinquishing control of this phase of production to natural processes, Hazbar offers an example of how, through respect and understanding of natural forces and systems, designers can work collaboratively with nature to grow structures and produce materials of great functionality and unique beauty.

Talin Hazbar works across architecture, design and art to connect with surrounding landscapes and the intricate materiality of the natural world. Through her research-based study of architecture, she looks to redefine material experimentation to better understand the context of landscapes, material properties and organic processes so that they may be both sensitively and functionally applied in creative practice. Hazbar has been selected for the dieDAS Fellowship program 2020 in Design Academy Saaleck. In 2018 she was commissioned to exhibit in Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir Faire exhibited at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. She has exhibited locally in the United Arab Emirates and internationally at fairs and institutions including Design Days Dubai, Dubai Design Week, Beijing Design Week, Warehouse 421, Third Line dxb Gallery and Art Dubai. Hazbar holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Sharjah 2012. In 2015 she completed the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship program in collaboration with Rhode Island School of Design, Abu Dhabi and the Tanween Design Program, Tashkeel, Dubai.

The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Lead Supporter Gordon Moffatt AM for his support.