Koushna Navabi was born in Tehran, Iran. She left Iran after the revolution in 1979 and lived in New York and Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in London. She completed her MA in Fine Art at Goldsmith's College, London in 1995 and has exhibited at group and solo shows in the UK and internationally.
Over the past 20 years, Koushna Navabi's work has taken textile as both medium and subject and she has produced knitted sculptures, paintings of the knitted surface, mixed media installations incorporating knitted elements, embroidery and carpetry. The work has always been characterised by its painstakingly repetitive and laborious production and its concerns with the politics of gender and identity and with the themes of exile and estrangement. In recent years the work has addressed more explicitly political issues related to the West and the 'Orient'.