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Soheila Azadi

Soheila Azadi, “Release,” 2013, Performance Art/Happening
Soheila Azadi, “Release,” 2013, Performance Art/Happening

I am a visual artist focused on performance practice and performative installations. My practice involves human interactions within the public sphere, while investigating these social interactions through artistic and critical frames.

My performances are transient social sculptures limited to a moment in time and site-specific space that hold transformative potential. My experiences as a Muslim woman who has lived under a theocracy in Iran, and as an immigrant who is living in the U.S. under a democracy, have motivated me to research the separation between the biological sexes (which is a stipulation of many orthodox religions). My performances—products of social space—are environments where culturally imposed differences between race and sex are acknowledged by participants. I generate settings where people can experience a community in which they develop relationships that empower themselves and others. 

Resident year: 
2015-2016
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident