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The New Commons


Saturday, October 14th, 2023 @ 11am PST


The New Commons is a series of online screenings, virtual live collaborations and discussions around the imaginaries of the homeland as they are shaped by digital communication technologies, such as instant messaging apps, video calls, social media, and the constant exchanges of videos and images whether personal or throughout the internet. In pairing works from diasporic artists and those from their homeland, the series seeks to portray the active and collective imagination around the construction of place and sense of belonging while revealing deeply embedded social and political disparities across the world. Historically, the term 'commons' is used to refer to natural resources belonging equally to a community, a nation, or a culture.

The 'new commons' designates the common digital space of the internet that has become the new foundation of our global transnational and transgenerational culture. This series is created and presented by our 2023/2024 Curatorial Fellow, Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai.


The Cup Flows Over

Art From the Soul of Iran

Sept 21-Nov 21, 2023


Gallery Bergen, New Jersey, NY and Berlin

Voice of the Iranian Diaspora

March 2023, Oakland Museum of California


Join us at OMCA for Voices of the Iranian Diaspora, a showcase of poetry, performance, and artwork by Iranian creatives and activists in the Bay Area.

Co-hosted by Firuzeh Mahmoudi, Founder and Director of United For Iran, the event will begin with a poetry reading by Persis Karim then, followed by an artist talk by Shaghayegh Cyrous, who will speak about her visual, multimedia, and social practice work that addresses the multifaceted themes of immigration, displacement, cross-cultural communication, body autonomy, and current geo-political dynamics.

 Mahmoudi will provide a critical context setting for audiences to gain a deeper understanding of the ongoing  ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ movement in Iran.  The historical Kurdish rallying cry ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ has mobilized the contemporary series of protests in Iran, which was sparked by the morality police’s murder of Mahsa Amini. The event will close with a music performance by Mahsa Vahdat and a call to action table by United For Iran in the OMCA Garden. United for Iran is the only human rights nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area focused on civil liberties in Iran.


Making a Difference Award

March 2023, WHotel, Los Angeles, CA


Honoree award alongside many powerful women such as Mayer Karen Bass for Culturally Diverse Women “Making a Difference.”




October 2022-February 2023

Short Film will be Displayed 20 Minutes
Past Every Hour on the Netflix Invisible Frame Billboard
at 8743 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA






Alien Race curated by Labkhand Olfatmanesh

LA Art Core, Los Angeles, CA



Sales Force Tower, San Francisco

September 23-25, 2022, in honor of Mahsa Amini and the Woman, Life, Freedom Movement in Iran. 

April 27, 2022, Iranian American Women's Day

In collaboration with Jim Campbell Studio, Day for Night canvas of San Francisco, Sales Force Tower

& Iranian American Women Foundation






 Saturday November 6, at 3PM

After Hope Symposium

Zamin Project Panel 4:


Panelists: Taraneh Hemami Shaghayegh Cyrous

Moderated by Roula Seikaly

Click to Register online

This is an in person event. Proof of vaccination is required. 




by Shaghayegh Cyrous & Finley+Muse

The month of October, midnight - 1am


A project for Jim Campbell’s “Day for Night” canvass on the Salesforce Tower in partnership with Boston Properties

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A marbled globe orbits the top of a tower. The globe collides with typewriter keys that are in turn

chased by gesturing hands, tapping out letters in both Latin and Farsi alphabets. Glass dice roll

into the mix, a few of them shattering. Alien flowers pursue the dice, which disintegrate only to

reconstitute themselves later. The globe spins, then multiplies into dozens of heavenly bodies

as their orbits devolve. These are some of the images that constitute the eleven-minute looped

film Orbits/Madaarha, which will be shown on Jim Campbell’s “Day for Night” Salesforce Tower

canvas in a new work by Shaghayegh Cyrous & Finley+Muse, with Laura Figa. Inspired by

planetariums, proliferating communications networks, and linguistic confusions, the artists

collaborated over a period of six months, experimenting with a variety of objects they filmed and

animated in their Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco studios. Orbits/Madaarha is

designed to be seen from any vantage point in the city and for any length of time. Each

sequence embodies the humor and enigma of the full cinematic loop, which can be appreciated

in both quick and extended viewing. Orbits/Madaarha explores the power and limits of

language and the chaotic dynamics of our terrestrial journey.


Bridging SWANA Community in the Bay Area

Project By Shaghayegh Cyrous

Moderated by Roula Seikaly

Zamin Project Instagram 

Link to the Article 

Zamin Project is a multi-faceted art project aiming to create a space for dialogue and connection between SWANA (South West Asia and North African) artists, curators, and art educators in the Bay Area and beyond.


Bridging SWANA Community in the Bay Area

Project By Shaghayegh Cyrous

Moderated by Roula Seikaly

Zamin Project is a multi-faceted art project aiming to create a space for dialogue and connection between SWANA (South West Asia and North African) artists, curators, and art educators in the Bay Area and beyond.

Artists involved: 

Dena Al-Adeeb, Sholeh Asgary, L.E. Brown, Naz Cuguoğlu, Taraneh Hemami, Shirin Makaremi, Michelle Mansour, Targol Mesbah, Leyya Mona Tawil, Ana Saygi, Azin Seraj, and Kathy Zarur

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Misha Abbas, Anum Awan, Katayoun Baharami, Zeina Barakeh, BSisters, Ali Dadgar, Manar Harb, Kiana Honarmand, Nasim Moghadam, Omar Mohammad, Efe Ozmen, Ebtihal Shedid, Keyvan Shovir, Minoosh Zomorodinia.


32 finalists for the Gold Art Prize!

July 20, 2021

Link to the Article

$25,000 Art Prize to Focus on AAPI and Asian Diaspora Artists: ‘We Won’t Be Overlooked Again’
  • Jaishri Abichandani

  • Kelly Akashi

  • Patty Chang

  • Tiffany Chung

  • Daniel Chew

  • Jesse Chun

  • Shaghayegh Cyrous

  • Chaw Ei Thein

  • Jes Fan

  • Brendan Fernandes

  • Chitra Ganesh

  • Oto Gillen

  • Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork

  • Glenn Kaino

  • Cindy Ji Hye Kim

  • Josh Kline

  • Maggie Lee

  • Maia Ruth Lee

  • Summer Meiling Lee

  • Candice Lin

  • Beili Liu

  • Michelle Lopez

  • Moved by the Motion

  • Shahryar Nashat

  • Tuan Andrew Nguyen

  • Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo)

  • Miljohn Ruperto

  • Aki Sasamoto

  • Sin Wai Kin

  • Kenneth Tam

  • Evelyn Taocheng Wang

  • Cici Wu

Le festival Oodaaq

Digital art festival in Rennes, France.

July 3 & 4, 2021

Link to Loeildoodaaq

Curated by Parya Vatankhah

Pleased to share that my video"The Cycle" is part of

Le festival Oodaaq Iran section

“Eclipsed Body, Nocified Space” will be presented for 2 days in a loop, on July 3rd and 4th at the “l’œil d’Oodaaq” digital art festival in Rennes, France.

Sevil Amini
Mania Akbari
Sholeh Asgary
Mozhgan Erfani
Shaghayegh Cyrous
Haleh Jamali
Baharak & Behnaz Khaleghi
Mandana Moghadam
Azadeh Nilchiani
Sara Niroobakhsh
Mehregan Pezeshki
Rojin Shafiei
Parya Vatankhah

The Journey (سفر)

With Keyvan Shovir

March 2021- March 2022

Asian Art Museum

The Journey (سفر) is inspired by “The Conference of Birds” (“Mantegh o Teir”), a Persian poem by 12th-century Iranian Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar, also known as Attar Neyshaburi. In the poem, a hoopoe, a bird common in Africa, Asia, and Europe, leads the other birds on a journey to find the truth of life from Simurgh, a mythical bird in Iranian mythology and literature. At the end of the journey, the birds discover that the truth they were looking for is within themselves, and together, they are the Simurgh. 

Link to information on AAM Website

Bangkit Sama-Sama/ Together We Rise

2 April 2021-31 May 2021

Clarion Alley Mural Project

Link to the Exhibition

Bangkit Sama-Sama/ Together We Rise is about the power of resilience and the belief that it is possible to rise together as a critical mass to create a world rooted in compassion, justice, and equity. Whether through deep reflection, social/political commentary, direct action, storytelling, beauty, or humor; these are all strategies for working collectively to heal.

Artists include:

Yogyakarta Indonesia: Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Vina Puspita, and Hari Ndarvati

San Francisco/BayArea: Megan Wilson, Christopher Statton, Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Keyvan Shovir, and Joanna Ruckman


13 March 2021-13 April 2021

Project 13

What we can ascertain is how our being can retain all the old information and create a new solution in a new way of existence. We experience life in different states that evolve and resonate with our purpose and intentions through struggling, conflict, merging past and present, stillness, absence, survival, and desire to go forward.

Project 13 is pleased to present multidisciplinary works by thirteen Iranian artists in "Walking," a virtual exhibition exploring encounters in time and space.

Artists: Shaghayegh Cyrous, Hamed Jaberha, Pantea Karimi, Mobina Nouri, Mehregan Pezeshki, Reza Reza, Rojin Shafiei, Azarakhsh Shafieikadkani, BSisters, Shima Taj Bakhsh, Shirin Towfiq, Arezu Zargar, Minoosh Zomorodinia

Stories & Solidarity: International Women's Day Symposium

March 3, 2021

by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

What does International Women’s Day mean today? What can it encompass, and what does it exclude?

In recognition of this day, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco present a two-part event celebrating the work of women and non-binary creatives.

Drawing upon the strengths of the organizations' collections, the symposium brings together practitioners from across the current exhibitions: After Hope: Videos of Resistance at the Asian Art Museum and, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Paper CutCreatures: Ochred, Pokered, Carved and Twined, and Olga Cironis: Dislocation. The two events will be recorded and combined together to be presented online at a later date.

Part one of the symposium at the University of Western Australia brings together Australian and international artists to explore contemporary art, activism, and the power of stories.

1:00 pm-2.15 pm: Panel 1: Power of Storytelling with moderator Linda Iriza and panelists Emele Ugavule, Shaghayegh Cyrous, and Teelah George


13 December 2020-13 January 2021

Project 13

Project 13 is pleased to present multidisciplinary works by thirteen Iranian artists in "When people decide to end themselves," a virtual exhibition attempting to explore the complexity of life and its cycle. We are delighted that the first exhibition of this series is presented by Central Stage, a non-profit arts and performance organization in Richmond, Bay Area.

Artists: Sholeh Asgary, Niyaz Azadikhah, Davood Bayat, Shaghayegh Cyrous, BSisters Khaleghi, Sara Madandar, Zahra Mohammadi, Mobina Nouri, Mehregan Pezeshki, Azin Seraj,
Azarakhsh Shafiei Kadkani, Keyvan Shovir, Parya Vatankhah

Casablanca International Video Art Festival 

25 to 28 November 2020

Organized by Majid Seddati

Iranian women artists, My body for your solitude
Curated by Parya Vatankhah

Mania Akbari, Shaghayegh Cyrus, Haleh Jamali, Baharak & Behnaz Khaleghi, Mandana Moghadam, Azadeh Nilchian, Sara Niroobakhsh, Mehregan Pezeshki, Rojin Shafiei and Parya Vatankhah 

Artist Talk

The Archive to Come:
Artist Talks, Week 2

Featuring presentations by: Faiyaz Jafri, R. Luke DuBois, Sean Capone, Snow Yunxue Fu, Surabhi Saraf, Shaghayegh Cyrous, Sherie Weldon, Noth Liu, and others...

Discussing their work in the context of the show's orienting concerns.

Moderated by co-curators, Carla Gannis and Clark Buckner

Link to the Zoom:
Watch the works on our website:

The Archive to Come

An exhibition of short time-based works
Online, In Social VR, and In the Gallery

October 22nd - December 17th, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22nd, 4:00 - 7:00 pm [PDT]
In social VR at:
Watch the works on our website:


Six Hats
September 11, 2020 
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

SATURDAY 2:00- 5:00 PM 

Getting Paid For It
Immersive Arts Alliance

THURSDAY, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

NewMediafest 2020

The Window

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