Majid Adin is an artist and animator from Iran, now living in West Hampstead. He was forced to leave his home country, having been briefly imprisoned and politically exiled from Tehran after his blog upset the regime. He journeyed through Europe, spent several months in the Calais ‘jungle’, and after many attempts to make the crossing, finally arrived in the UK in a refrigerated van on 20th April 2016, coinciding with celebrations for Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.
In 2017 he won a competition to produce an animation for a music video to illustrate Elton John’s song ‘Rocket Man’, with a tale about a lonely astronaut travelling across continents to a new home in England.
Majid is now working on graphic novel Hamid and Shakespeare. The book is created in collaboration with award-winning theatre company Good Chance who have worked with Adin since meeting him in their pop-up dome in the Calais Jungle. It is being developed with support from the Good Chance Ensemble and an Arts Council England grant.
Recent work includes projects with Good Chance, Art Refuge UK, Positives Negatives, Help Refugees and the House of Illustration. Majid’s award-winning animation of the Elton
John song ‘Rocket Man’ (see below) was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. In spring 2019 Majid completed a residency at the Venice Biennale, curated by Ai Weiwei.