Sanaz Sohrabi

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Sanaz Sohrabi (1988) works with image making and moving image practices in order to investigate the impermanence and malleability of archival records, historical narratives, production of imagery versus production of ideology and the role of images in shaping collective memory. Born and raised in Tehran, she received her BFA from University of Tehran and later relocated to Chicago where she received a two-year scholarship to pursue her MFA in photography, video and interdisciplinary studio arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a polyglot and translator, she has always been interested in investigating the status of pictures and their relationship to language, the observer and the world and in her scholarly work she seeks to develop new methodological approaches for studying visual culture in Iran. She has been awarded a multitude of residencies and fellowships, among those are Est-Nord-Est résidence d'artistes in Canada and Vermont Studio Center in the United States. Exhibitions and festivals include: Videonale 16 Bonn, Fiva 06 Buenos Aires (first prize for short film), Images festival 2017 Toronto, Transart Triennale 16 Berlin and Expo Chicago 2013, among others. Currently living in Chicago, she has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University and co-directs Tamaas online journal on arts and politics, an online platform of non-simulation and public speaking, a space for declaration of thoughts, desires and where urgencies manifest. 


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