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EDUCATION

  • MFA in Social Practice, California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, CA, 2015-2017

  • BA in Visual Art Studies, University of science and culture (USC), Tehran, Iran, 2010

 

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES​​

 

HONORS/ AWARDS/ FELLOWSHIPS/ RECOGNITIONS/ RESIDENCIES

2020 

  • Finalist, Tosa Studio Award, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2019

  • 2019 Common Field, Philadelphia Scholarship

 2019-2020

  • Bangkit Arise, An International Arts Exchange and residency, Between Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and San Francisco, USA, Clarion Alley Mural Project, Asian Art Museum

2018

  • Honorary AIR Award, Media Art Residency, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2017  

  • Creative Dissent Fellows at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts lead by Tania Bruguera

  • (Finalist) Graduate FellowshipHeadlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

  • Aicad Residency, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

  • Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson Scholarship

  • Juror’s Pick honorCalifornia College of the Arts Commencement Exhibition

  • Methods of Acting(on): Alumnae Residency, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

  • Curatorial Fellowship at Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • California College of the Arts Travel Grant, Open Engagement Conference in Chicago, IL

2015- 2017  

  • CCA MFA Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

  • Diversity Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2011  

  • In appreciation of Shamsul ‘Emare, Award, Golestan Palace, Iran

2010  

  • First Iranian Emerging art festival, Award, Saba Museum of Tehran, Iran

2009   

  • Photography first prize, Award, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran

 

ONGOING- SOCIAL PRACTICE

  • Co-founder and creative director of Klozar Weaving, supporting women weavers residing in the rural areas of Iran

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

  • 2019    In Honor of..., 4 Waves: 40 Performances for the Hole, SOMARTS Culture Center, San Francisco, CA  

  • 2018    Radio Active Rug, Adobe Book, San Francisco, CA (November 1- November 28, 2018)

  • 2017   The House of Power, Curated by Melissa Wyman, Four Elements Fitness, Oakland, CA

  • 2015   Lost Rug Project, Meyer library, Oakland, CA

  • 2011   Motivation, Tehran East Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

2019

  • Language Project, North x North Festival, Anchorage Museum

2018

  • Language Project Workshop, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)May 2018

  • Over Here Not Yet, Renée Rhodes and Shaghayegh Cyrous, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, March- April 2018

2017

  • Mother Song, The Language Project, What We Offer is Free, (In Memory of Ted Purves), In Collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

  • Golden Class Language Breakfast, From The Language Project series, in collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Open Engagement, Chicago, IL

  • The Garden, Practice Social, In collaboration with Camilla Hammer, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

2016

  • Critiquing United Nations, The Language Project, SFArtNight in collaboration with Shirishti School in Bangalore, in collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova, India, UN Plaza, San Francisco, CA

  • The Language tour, From The language project in collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova, Part of Real people performs, real people a project by Arash Fayez, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  •  Museum in Museum in collaboration with Prima Sakuntabhai, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • The Language Project, Parking Lot Art Fair, Collaborated with Magdalena Hartlova, San Francisco, CA

  • Unison Of Sky, The 5th festival of 30 performances, 30 Artists, 30 days, curated by Amir Rad,  in collaboration with Samira Davarfara, Tehran MOCA and CCA in San Francisco, Iran/USA

2014

  • The Future of the Past, The Past of Future, the 4th festival of 30 performances, 30 artists, 30 days, In collaboration with Samira Davarfara, curated by Amir Rad, Tehran East art gallery, Tehran, Iran

  • Red Carpet and Black Dandelion, With Sepa Sama, Solitary Collaborative Practice, Emeryville, CA

 

CURATORIAL/ JURY EXPERIENCES

  • 2020      Jury Panelist at California Arts Council, Local Impact 2020, Sacramento, CA 

  • 2019     "In Honor of...", Clarion Alley Mural Project and Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA

  • 2018-2020. Jury of International Video Open Call, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • 2018-2020 Jury of International Experimental Animation Festival, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • 2018   "In Between," Sholeh Asgary, Cyrus Yoshi Tabar, 8 Sound Wave Biannual, San Francisco, CA

  • 2018   Anastatica, Richard Jonathan Nelson, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA, (February 18-March 23)

  • 2017   Eleven And A Half Hours, Shirin Abedinirad, Dionne Lee, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • 2017   MEET THEM, 100 Days Action and 

  • 2016   In-Transit, Co-Curator, Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2015   Iranian Urban Art, Graffik Gallery, co-curator, in collaboration with Roya Arab, London

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS/ PERFORMANCES

2019

  • Rock & Mortar, Video Installation Performance in collaboration with Kim Epifano and Epiphany Dance Theater, Z Space, San Francisco, CA

  • Everybody was Waiting, Part of In Honor of... Project, in collaboration with Sholeh Asgary and Sahar Delijani, Artists Television Access (ATA), San Francisco, CA

  • Iranian Women artists, Sensibility against Violence, 25th International Video Art Festival of Casablanca, Curated by Parya Vatankhah, Casablanca, Morocco

  • Once at Present, Contemporary Art of Bay Area Iranian Diaspora, Curated by  Kevin Chen and Taraneh Hemami, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

  • Forms & Figures, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA

  • ART AND THE 4th DIMENSION, International Symposium on Conceptions of Time, Space and Movement in Art, The International Affairs Office of the College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Iran  (January 8 and 9, 2019) 

  • Rock e Malta at ALTERNATIVA’s FRESH Festival, Collaboration with Epiphany Dance Theatre  (January 11 and 12, 2019)

2018 

  • TRASLACION, Ctrl+Shft, Oakland, CA (October 27- December 9)

  • No Smell Not Touch, Screening, Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA 

  • Media Arts Film Screening, Kala Media Arts Fellows and Honorees, Kala Art InstituteBerkeley, CA

  • Orium II,  Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • "A River Flowing," East of West Gallery,  Santa Fe, New Mexico (February 23- April 8)

  • The essence of Threads, Sanctuary, For-Site Foundation, Fort Mason Chapel, San Francisco, CA

  •  Art Give Back, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

  • "You Had to Be There," Klozar Weaving, Swissnex, San Francisco, CA (February 8-April 6)

  • Kala Artists’ Annual Exhibition, Kala Art institutesBerkeley, CA (February 1- March 17)

2017  

  •  Pronounce My Name?, East of West, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

  • Flush!, Site-Specific Video Installation, Concept 190, San Francisco, CA

  • A Window to Tehran, Commencement Exhibition 2017, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

  • The Wing, Art, and Crime, Organized by Kota Ezawa, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA

  • The Closest I could Get to the Sun, MFA Thesis exhibition, PFC, Wattis, San Francisco, CA

  • Debtfair (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

  • Meet "THEM," MENArt Group, 100 Days Action, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

  • A window to Tehran, MFA Now 2017, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

  • Again, Rigo 23 project, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA 

2016  

  • ‪#‎simulacra, A window to Tehran, Embark Gallery‬, Juried by Julie Casemore and Allie Haeusslein

  • In-Transit, Co-Curated by Shaghayegh Cyrous, Hubble Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Our Gallery Is Your Living Room, Curated by Susanne Cockril, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

  • Letters to Species, Social Practice CCA, Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA

  • Inhale, a group exhibition at Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran

  • Crossroads project, part of Make a Change exhibition, Project leader Sepa Sama, at Kulturcentrum Ronneby Konsthall, Ronneby, Sweden

  •  Critiquing United Nations, a sound installation of The Language Project atSFArtNight, Shirishti School in Bangalore, India

  • Practice Social, Social Engaged art group exhibition, in collaboration with Samira Davarfara, Art Center Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015   

  • Can We Talk About Art?, facilitated by Amanda Eicher, SFMOMA On The Go, San Francisco, CA

  • Outside Ourselves, Ourselves Outside, CCA MFA group exhibition, Borderline Collective, San Francisco, CA

  • Inside Out Iran, Curated and presented by Art Canteen and Roya Arab, Rich Mix, London, UK

  • Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

  • Offline.1, SO Contemporary, London, UK

2014  

  • Ma (We) in collaboration with Taraneh Hemami, Fabrication Exhibition, Project of Survival,

       Southern Exposure (SoEx), San Francisco, CA

  • Culture Citizen: The Immigrant and the Stranger, Denver Seminary, The Bridge Gallery, Denver, Colorado

  • Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013   

  • Speak Your Peace, SOMArts Cultural Center, curated by Justin Hoover, San Francisco, CA

2012   

  • Mirror, Golestan Palace, Curated by Drawing House, Tehran, Iran

2011   

  • Balcony, Curated by Haleh Anvari, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

  • Ajayebol Maxluqat, Iran art organization, Momayyez art Gallery, Curated by Drawing House, Tehran, Iran

  • Portrait, Seyhoun art gallery, Tehran, Iran

  • In appreciation of Shamsul ‘Emare, Golestan Palace, Tehran, Iran

2010   

  • Water, mud, wind, fire, in appreciation of Pakistan’s flood, Solh gallery, Red Crescent, Tehran, Iran

  • First Iranian art festival, Saba museum of art, Tehran, Iran

  • Spring, Magic of Persia (MOP) curated by Haleh Anvari, British Museum of London, UK

  • Coffee House, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran

2009   

  • The Traveler, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran

2008  

  • BIENAL INTERNACIONAL DEL CARTEL EN MÉXICO, 10BICM, México

  • Damunfar 2nd visual art exhibition, Niavaran cultural center, Tehran, Iran

  • Drawing Parade, Curated by Drawing House, Laleh art gallery, Tehran, Iran

  • The World, Curated by Akbar Nikanpour, Afrand art gallery, Tehran, Iran

ARTIST TALK/ PRESENTATION/ PANELS   

2018

  • Guest Speaker, Embrace Your Freecom/ Know Your Rights, For Freedom, Project by Hank Willis Thomas, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

  • Panel Discussion, Anastatica, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

2017 

  • Panel Discussion, Eleven and a Half Hours, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Guest Speaker, Living Room Light Exchange, Nov 21, 2017

  •  Does Art Have Users? SFMOMA Symposium, Escuela de Arte Útil, Presentation, Yerba Buena Center for the Art, San Francisco, CA 

2016   

  • Language Project Talk and performance at Language Shaping Ideas, Claudia Bernardi, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

  • Again, Home: Narrative of Place and Displacement Reading, Lit Crawl, Clarion Alley Mural Project, San Francisco, CA, OCT. 15, 2016      

  • Social Space and Public discourse in Iran, Stanford University, Visiting Artist

  • Social Practice, Sussanne Cockrill, California College of the Arts, Visiting Artist

  • Narrative Strategies, questioning among the exile and migration, California College of the Art, Lynn Marie Kirby, Visiting Artist

2014      

  • Urban Art and Iran, Stanford University, Visiting Artist

2013   

  • Color censorship lecture, Struggles against Censorship in Iran, Siamak Pourzand Foundation, by National Endowment for Democracy, Visiting Lecturer

  • Speak Your Peace, curated by Justin Hoover, SOMARTS, Panel

 

PUBLICATION

2018

  • First 50 Book, Aggregate Space Gallery, December 2018

2017

  • Arte Útil Archive, Klozar Weaving, November 2017

2016     

  • The West Coast Offset, a publication by Social Practice Workshop at California College of the Art, Open Engagement 2016, international social engaged conference, Oakland Museum of California

2012  

  • Swimming In The Ice, book cover, written by Amirhossein Daneshvar, Hoonar publication, Iran, ISN: 978600- 93052-0-9

  • The Weird Dream, children books illustration, written by Mohammadreza Yousefi, Danesh Negar publication, Iran, ISN  978_600_308_003_4

2011   

  • Mar Negro, a book written by Ana Arzoumanian, taken from Motivation Performance and it announced the presentation of the book in Santiago de Chile, SBN: 978-956-9071-11-9

 

PUBLIC ART

2015   

  • In Memory of, Mural, Simin Daneshvar, Simin Behbahani, and Forough Farrokhzad, In Collaboration with Keyvan Shovir, Clarion Alley Mural Project, San Francisco, CA

2013   

  • in collaboration with Keyvan Shovir, Mural, Clarion alley mural project, Persian dreams, San Francisco, CA

  • Keyvan and Justin Hoovercollaboration with Chinese culture center, and SFMTA supported by Mural, Chinese poem, Shovir, Wentworth Alley, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES, WORKSHOPS

2018- 2020

  • Programming and Communications Associate at Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

2017-2018

  • Researcher and Production Assistant, Day For Night project at Salesforce Tower, the Public art of Salesforce Tower by Jim Campbell

 

2017-2018  

  • Civic & Community Engagement Coordinator, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2016-17  

  • Artist Assistant, Taraneh Hemami

  • Live video Chat workshop, Unison Of Dream, In collaboration with Samira Davarfara  between Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran, and Drawing Center, CCA San Francisco, CA

  • Teaching Assistance, Taro Hattori, 4D time-based strategies, CCA, San Francisco, CA

  • Teaching Assistance Narrative and Strategies, Lynn Marie Kirby, BA Film, CCA, San Francisco, CA

2014  

  • SOMARTS Culture Center, Guest Artist, Workshop

  • SOMARTS Culture Center, Workshop, Flag Stories

2013      

  • Teaching, Youth Art, Cantor Art Center, Stanford Museum, California

2011      

  • Teaching, Youth Art, Ministry of foreign affairs school, Tehran, Iran

2010      

  • Teaching, Youth Art, Mahestan international school, Tehran, Iran