artist, educator, indefinitely mortal

founder & co-editor of quarterly journal of Tamaas,

was born and loved in Tehran, Iran

has lived and worked in Chicago, United States

currently based at (upstate) New York. 



PhD Researcher, Center For Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University, 2017- Present

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2012-2014

BFA (honors), University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2007-2011

Awards and fellowships

Concordia University, Dean of Arts and Science Award of Excellence, 2017-2018

Concordia University, Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Fellowship, 2017-2020

Concordia University, School of Graduate Studies Travel and Exposition Award, 2018

Concordia University, Graduate Student Mobility Award, 2018

Concordia University, International Student Excellence Tuition Award, 2017-2020

Concordia University, School of Graduate Studies Travel and Exposition Award, 2017

Soma Summer School, Partial Tuition scholarship, 2017 

Est-Nord-EstPépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, 2016

Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship Award, 2015

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, James Nelson Raymond Fellowship, 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, 2012-2014


La Bande Vidéo, Project titled "What remains from war making and image making," Québec City, Sep 2018

Center for Arts and Urbanistics, Berlin, June-July, 2018

Soma Summer School, Mexico City, Mexico, July-August 2017

Est-Nord-Est résidence d'artistes, Sain-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Canada, May-July 2016

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, United States, Jan 2015

Chicago Artist Coalition Bolt Program, Chicago, United States, 2014-2015 

Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL, United States, Sep 2014

ACRE Projects, Steuben, WI, United States, June 2014

Solo Exhibitions

(upcoming) Muratcentoventidue | Arte Contemporanea, Bari, Italy, 2019

Documents Infield, Coco Hunday, Tampa, FL, 2017

(two person show) States of Prose, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2017

Spatial Agreements, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL, 2015

Ten Fingers, SAIC at 900N, Chicago, IL, 2014

Selected Group Exhibitions//Screenings//Festivals//Performances

"Immaterial Collection II, forum3: evolving icons,"  Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2018

"Dissident Vectors," Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal, 2018

Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame” (Monitor 12 Screening Tour), Khoj, New Delhi, India, 2018

Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame” (Monitor 12 Screening Tour), Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2017

Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame” (Monitor 12 Screening Tour), Experimenta; The International Festival of Moving Image Art, India, 2017

Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame” (Monitor 12 Screening Tour), Articule, Montreal, 2017

Monuments in flux, Curated by Amir Ali Ghasemi, W139 Gallery, Amsterdam, 2017

“Inside Out” Curated by Katharina Jesberger, Centrum Ciachovna Arzenal, Zilina, Slovakia, 2017

Invisible Present Tense 2.0 (screening) at the De Sociale Dienst Gallery in collaboration with Parking Gallery in Tehran, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Sep 29th, 2017

Thinging Bodies (screening) curated by Danny Giles, organized in conjunction with "Let me Be an Object that Screams" curated by Matt Morris, Gallery 400, Chicago, October 4th, 2017

Reproducibles,  Museo de Arte Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia, 2017

Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Palma de Mallorca (FIVA Screening tour), España, 2017

Centro Cultural España Córdoba (FIVA Screening tour), Mercado de Arte, España, 2017

Espectro Electromagnético, Cineclub16, Mexico City, 2017

Patio del Cabildo of Montevideo (FIVA Screening tour), Uruguay, 2017

Invisible Present Tense 2.0, curated by Amirali Ghasemi, Kunstraum Potsdam, Germany, 2017

"Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame” (Monitor 12 Screening Tour), Hamilton Arts Inc, Ontario, Canada, 2017

"Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame” (Monitor 12 Screening Tour), The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Halifax, Canada, 2017

Images Festival, "Fingers Pointing Outside The Frame,", South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto, 2017

VIDEONALE 16Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, 2017

Limited Access Festival 7, "Remote Homecoming", New Media Projects, Tehran, 2017

Reproducibles, Espacio el Dorado, Bogota, Colombia, 2017

FIVA festival internacional de videoarte (winner of best prize for short film), National library of Buenos Aires, 2016

Street Lights (Screening), Roman Susan Gallery, 2016

VAFA International Video Festival, Orient Foundation, Macau, 2016

London Biennale MANILA Pollination: Synchronisations-Syncopations, Philippines, 2016

SPACEBODIES II- Transart Trienale, Berlin, 2016

Experimental Film and Video Exhibition 2016, Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2016

Everthing Must Go, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL , 2016

Displacement, South of the Tracks, Chicago, 2016

Blueprints, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago IL, 2016

PDF-OBJECTS curated by Jason Lazarus, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, 2016

A wavelike motion, Nightingale Micro Cinema, Chicago, 2016

PRO BIAS, Bike Room Gallery, Curated By Nancy Lu Rosenheim, Chicago, IL, 2015

Dark Fiber (screening), Curated and organized by Marissa Lee Benedict & David Rueter, EXPO Chicago, 2015 

A Survey of Recent Contemporary Moving Images, Part One, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL, 2015

The F Word: Feminism Now, Juried by Jeanne Dunning, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2014

Preview VI, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL, 2014

Crisis of Conformity: Relocating The Subject, Chicago Urban Art Society, Chicago, IL, 2014 

Evanston Art Center's 2014 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Evanston, IL, 2014

MFA Thesis Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, 2014

Risky Encounters, 6018 North Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2014

Looking at live sharks in a tank, Nightingale Micro-Cinema, Chicago, IL, 2013 

Real Estate, 6018 North Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2013    

2013 MFA Biennial, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, DE, 2013

(UN)(DIS)COVERED, SUG Galleries, Chicago, IL, 2013

Boundaries, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 2013

Global Positioning Systems, curated by Amanda Ross-Ho, EXPO Chicago, 2013

MayDay, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2013 

Transition:SAIC@AU, Aurora University, Chicago, IL, 2013

Sixth Annual SAIC New Blood Performance Festival, Chicago, IL, 2012

Teaching and Work Experience

(upcoming) Illinois State University, Long Term Visiting Artist, 2019

Concordia University, Teaching Assistant, Advanced Video, Fall 2017

Changing Worlds, Teaching Artist, Jan 2017- June 2017    

Michael Rakowitz Studio, Studio Assistant, Jan 2016- July 2017

Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, Teaching Artist, 2015-May 2017          

Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, Instructor, 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lecturer, 2015 Jan-May         

University of Illinois at Chicago, Community Engagement/ Video Production Internship, 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Student Advisor, 2013

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Teaching Assistant in seven undergraduate courses, 2012-2014

Curatorial Experience

(co-curator) Dissident Vectors, Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal, 2018

Co-founder and co-editor of Tamaas Quarterly Journal, 2016- Present

Parlor Room Visiting Artist Program, Co-Director, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2013- 201      

Lectures//Artist Presentations

Center for Arts and Urbanistics, Artist Presentation, July 2018

Center for Arts and Urbanistics, OpenHaus, June 2018

Institute For Cultural Inquiry,  "Co-Constituting The Global," Emerging Scholars Panel, “A Wave Like Motion; Postcoloniality And Testing The Limits of Representation,” Berlin,  June 2018

University of South Florida, Visiting Artist, lecture titled: "From The Point of Return", Tampa, FL, 2017

New Media Caucus, CAA 2016, "Extensions of Bodies: On Images, Archival Testimonis and Re-enactment", “Intersections: Cinema, Performance, Networked Media and Politics”, DC, 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Inside Creative Minds, a studio lecture with Dan Paz, 2015

Pasfrada Cultural Organization, "Place, Space and Fictive Attempts", in collaboration with Out of Site performance festival, Chicago, IL, 2015

LATITUDE, Roundtable discussion for Pro Bias, Chicago, IL, 2015

Chicago Artist Coalition, “Babylon Lottery”, Chicago, IL, 2015

University of Chicago Persian Circle, “Change of Rhetoric”, Chicago, IL, 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate Lectures, Chicago, IL, 2013

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate Lectures, Chicago, IL, 2012


Soma Summer School Catalog (limited edition), 2017

Est-Nord-Est, résidence d'artistes Catalogue, 2017 

Art Newcity, 2016 Spring Issue, "The All-Too-Long History of Contemporary Art from Middle-East", 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate Admission Catalog, 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Photography Catalog, Essay by Karsten Lund, 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Photography Department Catalog, 2013

Bibliography/Press, An Interview with Elliot Reichart on the solo exhibition "Documents Infield," 2017

Videonale 16 Review, 2017

Videonale 16 Review, 2017ßt-„Perform“-article3471113.html

Inside/Within Magazine, "Map-making in action" and Interview with Kate Sierzputowski 2017

Neu Now 2016 International Art Festival and Platform, Amsterdam, 2016

Bad at Sports, PDF-Objects in Top 5 Weekend Pick. 2016

New Media Journal, Panel Report: Intersections: Cinema, Performance, Networked Media, and Politics, 2016 

Time Out Chicago, Pro Bias in 11 Art Gallery Exhibitions to Check in July, 2015       

F News Magazine, "The Austere Poeticism of Disruption," Veronica Sines, 2015

Bad at Sports, "Spatial Agrements" in Top 5 Weekend Pick, 2015

E + D Magazine, What Does Love Look Like?, Jac Kuntz, 2014

Bad at Sports, Edition #35, "Performance Art Craze Grips Rural Wisconsin" by Dana Bassett, 2014

Le, “En Iran, les sanctions tuent”, Armin Arefi,2012

Radio Free Europe, Iranian Artist’s Pill Protest, Courtney Brooks,2012

F News Magazine, Student Profile: Sanaz Sohrabi, Surabhi Kanga,2012