شیدا سلیمانی



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representation ///   Edel Assanti, London  /  Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago


MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

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

selected solo exhibitions

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:

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


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

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


2017: Long Road Projects, Jacksonville, FL

2017: ACRE, Steuben, WI

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

selected press & publications

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

honors and awards

2017: MacColl Johnson Fellowship

2016: Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Grant for funded travel to London

2014: Cranbrook Academy of Art Merit Award

2014: Larson Travel Grant recipient for funded travel to Brazil

2013: Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant recipient

2012: Three Arts Grant recipient for ‘Panjereh (Window)’ series

2011: Isabel Wolfstein Travel Grant recipient for funded travel to Mexico City

2011: University of Cincinnati Alumni Association grant recipient

2011: John L. Magro Foundation grant recipient for ‘Namaz Khaneh’

2010: John L. Magro Foundation grant recipient for ‘My Mother’s Daughter’