SHEIDA SOLEIMANI

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RESEARCH RESIDENCY: 25 SEPTEMBER - 27 MAY 2022
EXHIBITION: 28 MAY - 28 AUGUST 2022

Sheida Soleimani is an American-Iranian artist based in Providence, RI, United States. Her work melds sculpture, performance, film and photography to highlight critical perspectives on sociological events throughout the past century. Soleimani is the daughter of political refugees persecuted by the Iranian government in the 1980s. As a result, her engagement with social identities and systems of oppression is an ongoing focus of her practice.

Soleimani’s research-led practice is formed by the staging of elaborate studio sets that she documents photographically. The sets combine archival images, props and painted backdrops to create collages of media narratives and historical references. Her work explores the intersections of art and activism, as well as how social media has shaped the landscape of current political crises and uprisings.

During her residency at Castello San Basilio Soleimani will work on a new series researching Ilva, Italy's largest steel company. The steel factory, based in the city of Taranto, has recently been found to produce elevated emissions of dioxin, correlated to abnormally high cancer incidence in the area.

Soleimani (b. 1990 in Indianapolis, IN, USA) received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015. Her recent series Medium of Exchange was the subject of solo exhibitions at Southern Utah Museum of Art (Cedar City, UT, USA), 2019; Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH, USA), 2018; Atlanta Contemporary (GA, USA), 2018; and CUE Arts Foundation (New York, NY, USA), 2018. In 2019, Soleimani participated in the deCordova Biennial (deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, USA) and in 2017 was exhibited at MoMA PS1. In 2022, Soleimani will be part of a major group show at PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art) and in 2023 she will have a solo exhibition at Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her work has been recognized internationally in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Interview Magazine and VICE Magazine, amongst many others. Soleimani is a professor at Brandeis University, and formerly at the Rhode Island School of Design.