شیدا سلیمانی



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representation ///   Edel Assanti, London ~ Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels ~ Denny Dimin Gallery, New York


MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

BFA, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

selected solo exhibitions

2022: Levers of Power, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2021: ILVA, Castello San Basilio, Basilicata, IT

2020: Hotbed, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, NY

2020: Medium of Exchange, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2019: YANKEE GO HOME, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019: Medium of Exchange, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, UT

2019: Medium of Exchange, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI

2018: Medium of Exchange, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

2018: Medium of Exchange, CUE Arts Foundation, New York, NY

2018: Medium of Exchange, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2018: Medium of Exchange, Edel Assanti, London, UK

2017: Social Learning Theory, Williamson/Knight, Portland, OR

2017: Reinforcements, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

2017: To Oblivion, Edel Assanti, London, UK

2016: Civil Liberties, BOYFRIENDS, Chicago, IL

2016: National Anthem, 1305 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2016: National Anthem, Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Bern, CH

2016: National Anthem, ROMPONE, Cologne, DE

2016: To Oblivion, 186 Carpenter, Providence, RI

2012: Panjereh (Window), Prairie Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2011: Namaz Khaneh, semantics, Cincinnati, OH

selected group exhibitions:

2022: RISING SUN, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2019: The Hudson Eye, Allen Street, Hudson NY

2019: Too Far, So Close, Monica Reyes Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2019: DeCordova Biennial, DeCordova Museum of Art, Lincoln, MA

2019: Messengers: Artists as Witness, Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, Durham NH

2018: Wide Angle: Photography Out Of Bounds, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2018: Coping Mechanisms, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI

2018: Of Fictive Intentions, VACATION, New York, NY

2018: Hyphen-American, George Washington University, Washington D.C

2018: Myth, Memory, Migration, NARS Foundation, New York, NY

2018: Opress (er) (ed), SPACE Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2017: UNTITLED Miami, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Miami, FL

2017: Phantom Limb, Jimei x Arles Photography Festival, Xiamen, CN

2017: Nevermind, Azizam, Transformer, Washington D.C

2017: Der Grief: Thread Count, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, NL

2017: Unobstructed Views, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI

2017: Made In Iran, Born In America, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017: You Catch More Flies With Arsenic Than Honey, Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA

2017: The Personal is Political: Feminist Art from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection, Wave Pool, Cincinnati, OH

2016: UNTITLED Miami, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Miami, FL

2016: Treading Water, TGIF, New York, NY

2016: Re: Formation, Gallery Project, Toledo, OH

2016: Coagulants, AC Institute, New York, NY

2016: Women at Work, ROMPONE, Cologne, DE

2016: Screen(ing), AC Institute, New York, NY

2016: Parallelograms, S1 Gallery, Portland, OR

2016: Doubly So, Center Gallery, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

2015: New Wave, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX

2015: After The Moment, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2015: Public Utility, New Capital, Chicago, IL

2015: Piece It Together, University of Toledo Galleries, Toledo, OH

2015: Other Another, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

2015: FOCUS: Iran, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014: META_MORPH_ISIS, Black Paper, Los Angeles, CA

2014: Pyrocognition, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2014: TRANS, Studio Couture, Detroit, MI

2013: Synergistics, New Capital, Chicago, IL

selected press & publications

Cassie Packard, ‘Tracing Networks of Political Corruption in Sheida Soleimani’s Slick, Hyper-Stylized Tableaux’, Hyperallergic, December 18, 2020

Osman Can Yerebekan, ‘In the studio with Sheida Soleimani’, British Journal of Photography, December 14, 2020

Jillian Stienhauer, ‘Sheida Soleimani’s Portraits of Iranian- U.S. Relations’, New York Times, December 11, 2020

Marigold Warner, ‘Sheida Soleimani’s Latest Show Comments on the Complex Political Relationship Between Iran and the United States’, British Journal of Photography, November 17, 2020

Photoworks UK, ‘#6 Perform: Sheida Soleimani’, Photoworks, June 6, 2020

Kate Kraczon, ‘Viscous Violence: Sheida Soleimani’s Oil-Slicked Nightmare, Houston Center for Photography: Spot Magazine, May 1, 2020

Brian Boucher, “Welcome to the Armory Fair: It’s Huge, It’s Hectic. Would You Like An Audio Guide?’, New York Times, March 6, 2020

Paul Laster, ‘Roundup from The Armory Show 2020’, Art Asia Pacific, March 6, 2020

Nadja Sayej, ‘Greta, Crude Oil, and Animal Farming: Behind a Climate conscious Armory Show’, March 5, 2020

Kathryn O’Regan, ‘The Artists You Can’t Afford to Miss at The Armory Show 2020’, Sleek Magazine, March 4, 2020

Will Heinrich, ‘Which Art Fair is For You? Let Our Critic Be Your Guide’, New York Times, March 4, 2020

Mark Westall, ’10 Artists To See at The Armory 2020’, FAD Magazine, March 4, 2020

Matt Biro, ‘Sheida Soleimani, Cyborg: Photomontage in an Expanding Network’ History of Photography, February 21, 2020

Gribaumont Gwennaëlle, ‘Sheida Soleimani pose un regard critique sur les relations qu’entretiennent les nations de l’Opep et les pays occidentaux’, La Libre, February 20, 2020

Piero Bisello, ‘Sheida Soleimani: Medium of Exchange’, Photomonitor, January 25, 2020

Thomas Peeters, ‘Politiek is nooit ver weg bij Soleimani, de fotografe’ De Tijd, January 14, 2020

Gilles Bechet, ‘Sheida Soleimani’, Bruzz Magazine, January 6, 2020

Artnet News, ‘Which Emerging Artist Dominated 2019? 12 Art-World Players Share Their Thoughts’Artnet News, December 21, 2019

Ayla Angelos, ‘Like a Trojan Horse, Sheida Soleimani uses art to confront politics and human rights violations’, It’s Nice That, October 19, 2019

Maitreyi Maheshwari, ‘Sheida Soleimani, Medium of Exchange, FOAM Magazine, September 23, 2019

Paul Soullelis, ‘OCTOBER 2, 2018’, QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK, September 5, 2019

VICE, ‘The Photo Issue: Sheida Soleimani’, VICE Magazine, July 8, 2019

Emily Watlington, ‘Liquid Assets, Lubricants: On Sheida Soleimani’s Medium of Exchange’,Orlando, June 1, 2019

Suze Olbrich, ‘Are we finally close to fixing the problem with photography’s gender balance?’, The Independent, May 15, 2019

Art of Conversation, ‘In Conversation: Sheida Soleimani and her dad’, AOFC, February 29, 2019

Wall Street International, ‘Sheida Soleimani at Library Street Collective’, February 5, 2019

Daniel Culpan, ‘Sheida Soleimani at Edel Assanti’, ARTFORUM, November 1, 2018

Eddy Frankel, ‘Sheida Soleimani: Medium of Exchange’, TimeOut London, November 1, 2018

Jérémy Piette, ‘Vert et Contre Tout’, Libération, October 26, 2018

Unseen, ‘Medium of Exchange: Sheida Soleimani’, Unseen, October 26, 2018

Mark Westall, ‘Sheida Soleimani: Medium of Exchange’, Fad Magazine, October 25, 2018

Elephant Magazine, ‘Image of the Day, Elephant Magazine, October 25, 2018

DeFormal, ‘Interview With Artist Sheida Soleimani’, DeFormal, August 22, 2018

PressPress, ‘Sentiments: Conversation with Sheida Soleimani’, PressPress, August 1, 2018

Hypersia, ‘American-Iranian Artist Sheida Soleimani’s Art Activism’, Hypersia, July 13, 2018

Matt Biro, ‘Sheida Soleimani: Medium of Exchange’, The Brooklyn Rail, June 5, 2018

Artnews, ‘9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week’, Artnews,June 3, 2018

Sarah Rose Sharp, ‘An Artist Considers the Absurdity of Ending the Iran Nuclear Deal’, Hyperallergic, May 21, 2018

Artspace, ‘7 Artists to Watch April 2018’, Artspace, April 5, 2018

Anna Greer, ‘Artist Sheida Soleimani Creates Petroleum Pin-Ups to Fetishize The World’s Reliance On Oil: BUST Interview’, BUST Magazine, April 1, 2018

David Lyman, ‘CAC Hosts Fiery, In-Your-Face, Political Artist’ Cincinnati Enquirer, March 19, 2018

Alex Greenberger, ‘A Report from the Wilds of NADA New York’  ARTNEWS, March 8, 2018

Artspace, ‘8 Artists You Can’t Miss from NADA New York 2018’, Artspace, March 8, 2018

Leonardo Faierman, ‘Sheida Soleimani’s Art Gives Voice To The Voiceless’, The Iranian, January 19, 2018

Katrina Kufer, ‘Voices of the Silenced’, Harper’s Bazaar Art, January 14, 2018

Madeleine Peck Wagner, ‘If You’re Not Taking A RISK, You’re Not Doing It RIGHT’, FOLIO Weekly, January 10, 2018

Paul Soulellis, ‘The Download #6: A Desktop Lamentation, Sheida Soleimani’s Downloadable Memorial’, Rhizome, Sep 14, 2017

Issey Scott, ‘Candid Magazine Interviews the Iranian-American Artist Sheida Soleimani’, Candid Magazine, September 1, 2017

Nina Dodd, ‘Possibilities of an Ethical Photographic Practice’, RUNWAY Australian Experimental Art, April 19, 2017

Nat.Brut, ‘Body / Politics: A Conversation between Sheida Soleimani, Liz Cohen, & Chanel Von-Habsburg Lothringen’, Nat.Brut, April 1, 2017

Ben Berke, ‘3 R.I. Visual Artists Receive $25,000 Fellowships’, Providence Journal, March 26, 2017

Nathalie Olah, ‘The Artist Remembering The Forgotten Tortured Women Of Iran’, Refinery29, February 9, 2017

Anna McNay, ‘Sheida Soleimani, To Oblivion’, Photomonitor, January 31, 2017

Nisha Sajnani, ‘Assemblage: Identity, Memory, and Displacement’, January 31, 2017

Rosanna McLaughlin, ‘Sheida Soleimani at Edel Assanti’, Studio International, January 25, 2017

VICE, ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’, VICE, October 13, 2016

Matt Morris, ‘Critic Pick: Sheida Soleimani at Boyfriends’, ARTFORUM, October 7, 2016

Anette LePique, ‘CIVIL LIBERTIES at Boyfriends’, Chicago Artist Writers, September 29, 2016

Beryl Satter, ‘Art And Protest: Piece It Together’, Nat.Brut, September 5, 2016

Cedar Pasori, ‘This Artist Is Giving Voice To The Plight Of Iranian Women’, THE FADER, August 26, 2016

Rosie Sharp, ‘After Flint Water Crisis, Police Murders, and More, Midwestern Artists Get Mad’, Hyperallergic, August 24, 2016

Sarah Sharp, ‘Invisible Women: In Conversation with Sheida Soleimani’, The Seen Journal, May 2, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski,’Confronting photos capture women the Iranian government tried to make disappear’, Women In The World for The New York Times, April 18, 2016

Interview Magazine, ‘The New Activists: Sheida Soleimani’, Interview Magazine, April 2016

3sat Kulturzeit, ‘Sheida Soleimani Studio Visit & Film Interview’, April 6, 2016

Clara DeGalan, ‘Doubly So” @ CCS Center Galleries’, Detroit Art Review, April 3, 2016

Gabby Bess, ‘The Artist Making Dolls of the Women Executed in Iran’, Broadly/VICE Magazine, January 22, 2016

Gestalten, ‘The Age of Collage 2’, pg 149-152, Gestalten Press, January 2016

Adam Zucker, ‘Dialogue with Sheida Soleimani’, Rhino Horn, August 4, 2015

Matt Biro, ‘Art as Protest’, The Brooklyn Rail, June 6, 2015

YET Magazine Issue 8, ‘National Anthem’, YET Magazine, June 1, 2015

Bant Magazine, ‘Iranian political history through the eyes of Sheida Soleimani’, Bant Magazine, May 1, 2015

Huffington Post, ‘Young Artist Sheida Soleimani Interviews Her ‘Far-Away Mentor,’ Yamini Nayar’, The Huffington Post, March 31, 2015

LODOWN 95, ‘Cultural Repression’, LODOWN MAGAZINE, March 9, 2015

YOROKOBU, La dulce intersección entre EE UU e Irán, YOROKOBU Magazine, February 27, 2015

74 Gazette, ‘Thursday’s Punch: Interview with Sheida Soleimani’, ISTANBUL ’74 February 26, 2015

Huffington Post, ‘These Collages Use Twitter To Tell The True Story Of Iran’, The Huffington Post, January 28, 2015

Feature Shoot, ‘Iranian American Photographer Expresses Political Outrage in Unflinching Photo Collages’, Feature Shoot, January 12, 2015

BEAUTIFUL/DECAY, ‘Sheida Soleimani Dissents Iranian Politics Through Confrontational “National Anthem” Series’, BEAUTIFUL/DECAY Magazine, December 17, 2014

Juxtapoz Magazine, ‘Sheida Soleimani’s “National Anthem”, Juxtapoz Magazine, October 22, 2014

ATMG Magazine, ‘Artist of the Week & Interview: Sheida Soleimani, All Things Mostly Good Magazine, August 17, 2014

Aint Bad Magazine, ‘FEATURE: Sheida Soleimani’, Aint Bad Magazine, April 3, 2014

LINTROLLER, ’Sheida Soleimani recontextualizes her memories in intriguing installations’, LINTROLLER, October 23, 2013

LandEscape Art Review, ‘Sheida Soleimani’, LandEscape Art Review, May 2013, May 1, 2013

Regan Brown, “Grim Fairy Tales: ‘Panjereh (Window)’ New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie, AEQAI Journal of Critical Thinking and Review in Contemporary Art, June 17, 2012

Selena Reder, “Window Into Her World: Sheida Soleimani’s tableau of memories now at Prairie Gallery” CityBeat, June 6, 2012

Keith Banner, “Magical Misery Tour” Thundersky Inc, January 24, 2011

David Rosenthal, “Sheida Soleimani at semantics” AEQAI Journal of Critical Thinking and Review in Contemporary Art, January 11, 2011

Jane Durrell, “Winged Transformations” AEQAI Journal of Critical Thinking and Review in Contemporary Art, May 25, 2010


2017: ‘Jowhar’ zine release & signing, Chicago Art Book Fair, Chicago, IL

2017: The Download #6: A Desktop Lamentation, Rhizome / The New Museum, New York, NY

2017: 8ball Zine Zone at the NYABF, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

lectures /symposiums

2019: Visiting Artist: Sheida Soleimani, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2019:Visiting Artist: Sheida Soleimani, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2019: Visiting Artist: Sheida Soleimani, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2019: Visiting Artist: Sheida Soleimani, Brown University, Providence, RI

2019: Visiting Artist: Sheida Soleimani, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

2018: Wide Angle Panel Discussion, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2018: Visiting Artist: Sheida Soleimani, Brown University, Providence, RI

2018: Queens College MFA Visiting Lecture Series: Sheida Soleimani, Queens College CUNY, New York, NY

2018: DISTURBANCE LAB: Visiting artist Sheida Soleimani, Bard College, Annondale on Hudson, NY

2017: Representation and Responsibility in Creative Spaces, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA

2017: RISD Graphic Design Department Visiting Lecture Series: Sheida Soleimani, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2017: Tuft’s Art Department Visiting Lecture Series: Sheida Soleimani, Tufts University, Boston, MA

2017: Exhibition Forum: Nevermind, Azizam, Transformer, Washington D.C

2017: The Personal Is Political: Feminist Art from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2017: Sheida Soleimani in dialogue with Women for Women International, Edel Assanti, London, UK

2017: You Are Your Work: Panel Discussion on Art and Design Practices, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2016: Photography Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sheida Soleimani, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (forthcoming)

2016: Visiting Critic: Sheida Soleimani, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2016: Photography Department Visiting Critic and Speaker, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2016: Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sheida Soleimani, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

2016: Doulby So, Panel Discussion, College of Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

2016: Geography of the Cyborg, Open All Ports Symposium, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, New London, CT

2015: After The Moment: Contemporary Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe Panel Discussion, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2015: The Post Human as a Collage, Un/Finished Image Symposium, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2015: Political and Economical Climates/Gross Domestic Product Reports, Society of Photographic Education Conference, New Orleans, LA


2021: Castello San Basilio, Basilicata, IT

2017: Long Road Projects, Jacksonville, FL

2017: ACRE, Steuben, WI

2016: The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY