Bio​: (300 word)

Sholeh Asgary is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary sound artist whose works implicate the viewer-participant in future mythological excavations, bridging large swathes of time and history through water, water clocks, crude oil, movement, light, imaging, voice, and sound. Asgary is heavily influenced by her early somatic experiences in constant movement across borders. From this positionality lies an inherent tension throughout her work: between visibility and opacity, history and myth, worldmaking and death--with none in opposition to the other. This complexity drives the core of her work.

 

An affiliate artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Asgary has been supported by numerous residencies and fellowships, most recently including MASS MoCA, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, UCLA ArtSci, ARoS Kunstmuseum, and Berkeley Art Center. Her work has been presented through exhibitions, performances, or screenings by such institutions as Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Minnesota Street Project, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Flux Factory. Asgary is a recipient of a 2021 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for her solo exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY, a 2019 Kenneth Rainin Foundation New Project Grant with Dance Elixir, a 2020 California Arts Council Grant for her program MAJLES, a 2022 SECA (SFMOMA) nominee, and a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for curatorial initiatives as Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs at Incline Gallery, where she founded The Project Room. Asgary has several ongoing collaborative projects, including those with Abou Farman, Julie Ezelle Patton, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Heather Kapplow. Currently residing in Oakland, CA, she is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley and serves on the Curatorial Council for Southern Exposure. Asgary holds an MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University.

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Image Credit: Ebtihal Shedid

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