MEET THE CURATORS

Mahsa Soroudi

I am an artist and independent art curator who is interested in interdisciplinary topics that can evolve into thought provoking and meaningful exhibitions as well as be case studies that exist beyond the exhibition for further exploration. I am also passionate about taking steps towards familiarizing the community with the contemporary artists who may gone disregarded or unseen due to the absence of fair exposures.

 

In the recent years, I've been concerned about how contemporary Iranian art is being showcased in other countries and to what extent these expositions have presented Iranian contemporary art unaffected by popular stereotypes. ‘7500 Miles’ refers to the distance between California, where I currently live, and my hometown Tehran. With this particular project, I feel highly responsible for creating an accurate depiction of a group of Iranian female artists and their distinctive art practice which has developed through their tireless effort, regardless of all the challenges and complications. I help with communicating with the artists, translation, artist page text and blog posts. 

I am a visual artist, and earned my BA in Visual Communications from Art & Architecture University (Tehran, Iran) in 2006, and my MFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan (USA) in 2014. My work responds to my experience of living in Iran and the U.S. which has revealed an in-between state about distance;  I feel that I never fully arrived and never fully left. In my work, I deal with emotional and physical distance, compounded loss, and the opacity of language.

 

Mahsa and I graduated from the same college in 2006. After moving to the U.S., and seeing how Iranian women are represented in media and the art scene,  we both felt the need for a more honest perspective of what really goes in Iran by mainly focusing on younger generation of artists who share the same dilemma and themes in their work. 

 

"7500 miles" creates a platform to showcase and promote the work by women artists in Iran who are our contemporaries, with the hope to go beyond cliches and what has been shown in media and the art scene so far. 

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