Sholeh Asgary is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary sound artist whose works implicate the viewer-participant into 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 as a refugee in constant movement across borders--whether deported, in hiding, awaiting, or in arrival. 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.
A current affiliate artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, she is also a 2021 artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA, ARoS Kunstmuseum, Real Time & Space, and Temescal Arts Center. Recent exhibitions, performances, and screenings include Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Minnesota Street Project, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, Ann Arbor Film Festival, ARoS Kunstmuseum, and Flux Factory. Asgary is a recipient of the 2019 Kenneth Rainin Foundation New Project Grant through Dance Elixir, under the leadership of Leyya Mona Tawil, a recipient of a 2020/2021 California Arts Council Artists in Communities Grant for her Majles program, and a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for her curatorial initiatives as Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs at Incline Gallery, where she also founded The Project Room. Asgary is Lecturer in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, and received her MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University. She is currently based in Oakland, CA, and works between Oakland, California, and New York.