Laleh Motlagh

Motlagh’s work intertwines with the non-human others. She explores notions of love, intimacy, power and vulnerability, trust and resilience through drawing, painting, performance, and video installation. She focuses on interdependencies among bodies, human and nonhuman. 

Motlagh (Born in Tabriz, Iran. Based in Chicago, IL) has received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been an artist-in- residence at Nature, Art, and Habitat Residency: “ANIMALS: Interdependence Between Species” (Taleggio Valley, Italy), “Plants, Animals, People” at Kunsthalle Bellow (Techentin, Germany), Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany), and House of Nature (Wald, Germany). Motlagh is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a teaching artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education.


Image: Fearless Love, 2021. Still from a 60:00 minutes performance.

BOLT Residency

2022 - 2023,
Artist Resident