Shaghayegh Cyrous is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has dealt with the experience of cross-cultural communication and translation, addressing predicaments of estrangement and distance caused by political and cultural power dynamics. Through her work, she seeks to bridge these distances and build opportunities for creating a poetic space for experiencing moments, feelings, and provoking thoughts between people who are the victims of political decisions, such as refugees like herself.
Cyrous's works incorporate interactive and solid time-based strategies such as multimedia installation, video, live video chats, performances, and photography and painting to create poetic spaces and opportunities for human connection with each other and within their inner self. Her current focus is on the compression of time and space resulting from digital technologies and how digital media plays a critical role in human life. How our bodies are experiencing to live between virtual and physical reality, being in various places at one moment, and how the present moment, the past, and future can be manipulated between these spaces.
Cyrous earned an M.F.A. in social practice at California College of the Arts and studied visual arts in science and culture at the University of Tehran. She is the founder of the Zamin Project, which aims to connect the Southwest Asian / North African arts community in the Bay Area and beyond. As a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Fellow, Cyrous participated in Creative Dissent led by artist and activist Tania Bruguera and contributed to Suzanne Lacy’s exhibition We Are Here. Cyrous was a Gold Art Prize nominee and has exhibited and performed internationally at venues such as Tehran MOCA, British Museum in London, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Anchorage Museum in Alaska, and Salesforce tower in San Francisco.