artist|researcher|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

has incredible friends and mentors in Montréal

currently based between Montréal and Chicago



Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, United States, June-August 2019

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

La Bourse Plein sud 2019 (nominated), Plein sud, centre d'exposition, Montréal, 2019

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Maine, United States, June-August 2019

Concordia University, Team Start-up Program (with Sima Kokotovic and Giuseppe Fidotta), 2018-2019

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

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

Concordia University, Travel Grant from the Ethnocultural Art Histories (EAHR) Research Chair, 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+2018+2019

Soma Summer School, Partial Tuition scholarship, 2017 

Est-Nord-Est, Pépinières 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

Artist and Research Residencies

Forum Transregionale Studien, Transregional Academy Fellowship at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, August- Sep 2019

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, United States, June-August 2019

Illinois State University, Long Term Visiting Artist in Residence, March-April 2019

La Bande Vidéo, Video Artist in Residence, Project title: “What remains from war making and image making.” Québec City, 2018

ZK/U, Center for Arts and Urbanistics, Artist/Researcher in Residence, Berlin, June-July 2018

2nd International School of Filmic and Visual Sociology, Genoa, Italy, June 2018

Soma Summer School, Artist in Residence, Ciudad de México, July-August 2017

Est-Nord-Est résidence d'artistes, Artist in Residence, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, May-July 2016

Vermont Studio Center, VSC Fellow, United States, Jan 2015

Chicago Artist Coalition Bolt Program, Artist in Residence, Chicago, 2014-2015

Ragdale Foundation, Visual Artist in Residence, Lake Forest, United States, Sep 2014

ACRE Projects, Artist in Residence, Wisconsin, United States, July 2014

Solo Exhibitions

(upcoming) Centre Clark, Montréal, Canada, 2020

Documents In Field, 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

(upcoming) Antimatter (Media Arts) Festival, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 2019

(upcoming) 9th Cairo Film and Video Festival, Cairo, 2019

Ignition 15, Curated by Nicole Burisch and Michèle Thériault, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montréal, 2019

32nd European Media Arts Festival: Wild Grammar, Program: Flickering Cosmos, Germany, 2019

46th Athens International Film and Video Festival, Program: Under the Boot, Ohio, United States, 2019

16th Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City, United States, 2019

Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Iranian Artists’ Films Program, Curated by Zohreh Deldadeh, Serbia, 2019

2nd Cosmic Rays Experimental Film Festival, Programmed by Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown, Screening Program: Behind the Glass, Varsity Theatre, North Carolina, 2019

Stray Cat Film Center, Screening, Program: Not Found, Kansas City, 2019

3rd Festival of Cinematic & Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE 3), Program: Not Found, Cellular Cinema, Minneapolis, 2019

“STORY TELLING- Video works from Romania and Videonale,” Rezidenta BRD Scena9, Organized by the  Goethe Institute Bucharest and the National University of Arts, Bucharest, 2018

“Monument in Flux,” Iran-Argentina Program, Espacio Belgrado, Buenos Aires, 2018

"Immaterial Collection II, forum3: evolving icons," Curated by Joy Stacey, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

“Monument 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) Kunstraum Potsdam in Germany in collaboration with Parking Gallery in Tehran, July, 2017

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

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

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

Centro Cultural España Córdoba (FIVA tour), España, 2017

“Cineclub16,” (Experimental Sound Work and Film Screening). Espectro Electromagnético. Mexico City, 2017

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

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

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

Images Festival, Monitor 12: "Fingers pointing outside of the frame,” South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto, 2017

VIDEONALE.16, Festival For Video and Time-Based Arts, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, 2017

Limited Access Festival 07, "Remote Homecoming,” New Media Projects, Tehran, Iran, 2017

“Reproducibles,” Quintal Cultural, Bogotá, Columbia, 2017

FIVA 06: Festival Internacional de Video Arte, (Winner of Best Short Film), National Library of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016

“Street Lights,” (Screening), Roman Susan Gallery, 2016

“Re-Frame,” London Biennale MANILA Pollination, Philippines, 2016

VAFA International Video Festival, Orient Foundation, Macau, 2016

“SPACEBODIES II,” Curated by Andrea Spaziani, Transart Triennial, Berlin, 2016

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

“Everything Must Go,” Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2016

“Pdf-Objects,” Curated by Jason Lazarus, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, 2016

“Displacement,” Curated by Scott Hunter, South of the Tracks Gallery, Chicago, 2016

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

“A wavelike motion,” Nightingale Micro Cinema, Chicago, 2016

“Pro Bias,” Group Exhibition of ACRE Residency, Bike Room Gallery, Chicago, 2015

“Dark Fiber,” (Group Film and Video Exhibition). Curated and organized by Marissa Lee Benedict & David Rueter, Art EXPO Chicago, Illinois, 2015

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

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

“Preview VI,” Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, 2014

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

“Evanston Art Center's 2014 Biennial,” Curated by Allison Peters Quinn and Sergio Gomez, Evanston, 2014

MFA Thesis Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, 2014

“Risky Encounters,” 6018 North Gallery, Chicago, 2014

“Real Estate,” 6018 North Gallery, Chicago, 2013

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

“(UN)(DIS)COVERED,” SUG Galleries, Chicago, 2013

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

“Global Positioning Systems,” Curated by Amanda Ross-Ho, Art EXPO Chicago, 2013

“MayDay,” Group Performance, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, 2013

“Transition:SAIC@AU,” Aurora University, IL, 2013

Sixth Annual SAIC New Blood Performance Festival, Chicago, 2012

Graduate and Undergraduate Level Teaching Experience

Illinois State University, Visiting Artist (Advance undergraduate Level), Spring 2019

Concordia University, Teaching Assistant-Film Aesthetics, (undergraduate), Fall 2018

Concordia University, Teaching Assistant-Advance Video, (undergraduate), Fall 2017

University of South Florida, School of Art and Art History, Visiting Artist (Graduate Level), October 2017.

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

(Taught an advance undergraduate theory/practice seminar in Photography and New Media)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Teaching Assistant, 2012-2014

(Assisted seven different undergraduate courses on introduction to Lens-Based Media Practices, both theory and practice)

Other Teaching and Work Experience

Changing Worlds Chicago, Teaching Artist, Jan 2017- June 2017

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

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

Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, Teaching Artist, 2016

University of Illinois at Chicago, Archivist Internship, 2014

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

Curatorial and Research Experience

Research Assistant and co-curator, Curatorial project, “Politics of Alternative Media,” (with Sima Kokotovic and Giuseppe Fidotta), Concordia University, 2018-2019

Research Assistant, Feminist Media Studio, Concordia University, 2018-2019

Co-curator, Group exhibition: “Dissident Vectors,” Hexagram, Concordia University, Montréal, 2018

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

Co-organizer, Curatorial project, “Parlor Room Visiting Artist Program,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Photography,  2013- 2014    

Curator, Group exhibition:  “(UN)(DIS)COVERED,” SUG Galleries, Chicago, 2013

Lectures | Artist and Conference Presentations

Forum Transregionale Studien, Transregional Academy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, August, 2019

Concordia University, Guest Critic, Photographic Vision: Theory & Practice Undergraduate Seminar, Dec 2018

Center for Arts and Urbanistics, Artist Presentation, Berlin, July 2018

Center for Arts and Urbanistics, OpenHaus, Berlin, July 2018

Institute for Cultural Inquiry, “A Wavelike Motion: Postcoloniality and Testing the Limits of Representation,” presented at the Emerging Scholars Panel, NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX), Co-constituting The Global Symposium, Berlin, June 2018

University of South Florida, Visiting Artist, Public Lecture Titled “From the Point of Return,” Tampa, Florida, Oct 2017

SOMA Summer School, Artist Presentation, Ciudad de México, July 2017

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Artist Presentation, 2017

College Arts Association Conference, "Extensions of Bodies: On Images, Archival Testimonies and Re-enactment,” presented at the New Media Caucus panel “Intersections: Cinema, Performance, Networked Media and Politics,” Washington, 2016

Pasfrada Cultural Organization and Out of Site Performance Festival, Artist Presentation: "Place, Space and Fictive Attempts,” Chicago, Illinois, 2015

Chicago Artist Coalition, “Babylon Lottery,” Poetry reading with Marina Miliou Theocharaky, 2015

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

LATITUDE Gallery, Roundtable discussion for the exhibition “Pro Bias,” Chicago, IL, 2015

University of Chicago, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Artist Talk, “Change of Rhetoric,” 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship Thesis Presentation, 2013

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Graduate Lecture Series, 2012



Art Newcity, “And the Archive Gazes Back: Naeem Mohaiemen at the Art Institute of Chicago,” March 2019, online

Art Newcity, "The All-Too-Long History of Contemporary Art from Middle-East," May 2016, print and online

Press | Exhibition and Festival Catalog, Artistes à surveiller à Ignition 2019, 2019, online

Canadian Art, Ignition 15, 2019, online, ICDocs to showcase 41 short films from around the world, 2019, online

European Media Arts Festival, Festival Catalog, 2019, print and online, Summary of  CAVE 3 at Cellular Cinema, John Akre, 2019, online, &, Reviews of “Story Telling: Video Works from Romania and Videonale,” Buliga Maria Angela, and Cosmin Nasui, 2018, online

ZK/U Archiving Project (limited edition), 2018, print, Interview with Elliot Reichert about the solo exhibition "Documents In Field," 2017, online

Soma Summer School Catalog (limited edition), 2017, print

Contango Journal, AUCTORITAS, 2017, Issue 1,2017, print

VIDEONALE 16, Program: PERFORM!, Festival Catalog, print and online

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

Images Festival, Festival Catalog, 2017, print and online

Est-Nord-Est résidence d'artistes Catalog, 2016, online

Neu Now 2016 International Art Festival and Platform, Profile of short film “Disposables,” 2016, online

College Arts Association, New Media Caucus Journal, 2016, online

Bad at Sports Magazine, PDF-Objects in Top 5 Exhibitions to View, 2015, online

Time Out Chicago, Pro Bias in Top 11 Art Gallery Exhibitions to View in July, 2015, online

F News Magazine, "The Austere Poeticism of Disruption," Review of solo exhibition “Spatial Agreements,” Written by Veronica Sines, 2015, print

Bad at Sports, "Spatial Agreements" in Top 5 Exhibitions to View, 2015, online

Art New City, Report on “Preview VI” at the Chicago Artist Coalition, 2015, online

E + D Magazine, “What Does Love Look Like?,” Review of a collaborative project presented at the Second Istanbul Design Biennial, Written by Jac Kuntz, 2014, online

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

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

Bad at Sports, Edition #35, "Performance Art Craze Grips Rural Wisconsin,” Review of solo performance written by Dana Bassett, 2014, online

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

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

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

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