Please join artist Sheida Soleimani and art critic Mahan Moalemi for a discussion centered around how art can be used as a powerful tool to engage with the ongoing effects of violence, colonialism, and oppression. We will be highlighting Solemani's artistic practice, which excavates the histories of violence linking Iran, the United States, and the Greater Middle East, and Mahan's scholarship of encounters between global visual cultures and critical future studies. Please join us as we discuss how popular media and global histories impact one's understanding of the ongoing uprising in Iran.
Sheida Soleimani (b. 1990) is an Iranian-American artist, educator, and activist. The daughter of political refugees who escaped Iran in the early 1980s, Soleimani makes work that excavates the histories of violence linking Iran, the United States, and the Greater Middle East. In working across form and medium—especially photography, sculpture, collage, and film—she often appropriates source images from popular/digital media and resituates them within defamiliarizing tableaux. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Soleimani is also an assistant professor of Studio Art at Brandeis University and a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Mahan Moalemi is an art critic from Tehran and a PhD student in the department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University.