Shaghayegh Cyrous is an Iranian American multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her works have dealt with the exploration in compression of time and space resulting from the embodiment of digital technologies and how these tools enable and create the desire for contemporary humans to connect with each other globally. These navigations exist beyond human's present times and locations of two different spaces – the physical and the virtual and the three varied timelines of past, present, and future.
Cyrous began her artistic practice with painting, photography, urban installation, and performances in Tehran and continued her exploration in the US, through incorporating interactive time-based strategies such as participatory video performances and digital technologies such as video, multimedia installation, and live video chats to create poetic spaces and opportunities for human connection within themselves and with the larger society.
Cyrous holds a BA in Visual Art from For Science and Culture University of Tehran and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She is a recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, International Arts Exchange, and residency of Asian Art Museum and Clarion Alley Mural Project. She has exhibited, participated, performed, and curated internationally at venues including Tehran MOCA, Saba Museum in Tehran, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, British Museum in London, Anchorage Museum in Alaska, BAMPFA, and SFMOMA.
Photo by Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi