Photo by Baharak and Behnaz Khaleghi
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 holds a BFA in Visual Art from The University of Science and Culture in 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 and performed, 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.