Sheida Soleimani

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Born 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sheida Soleimani was born to political refugees who fled Iran in the mid-1980s. As an Iranian American, she builds photographic tableaux that dramatize Middle Eastern geopolitics, satirizing the reporting of West and East alike. Her photographs often source imagery from popular media and adapt them to exist within alternative scenarios, including photographs, moving image, sculpture, and theatre. Like propaganda posters and art forms that emerge in times of crisis (Dada, Relational Aesthetics, Identity Politics), her works chronicle oral histories to portray events that have been shrouded by Western reportage, situating her practice and discourse not only in art, but also in political activism.

Sheida Soleimani received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from the University of Cincinnati, College of Art. Soleimani’s most recent solo exhibitions were at Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels, Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago and the evolving exhibition Medium of Exchange that examined how oil is interchangeable with currency and the corruption at the center of the petroleum industry. Medium of Exchange traveled to six different locations from Edel Assanti in London to the Atlanta Contemporary, in Atlanta, GA. Soleimani is represented by Edel Assanti in London, as well as Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels. Soleimani has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, among many others including BEAUTIFUL/DECAY founded by artist, Amir H. Fallah. She currently is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.


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Hotbed
11.06.2020 - 12.23.2020
April 27, 2021 Press

Making Your Own Fun: Sheida Soleimani’s Commission for the New York Times

Soleimani started taking these photographs “to document these forays and efforts to explore whatever we were doing one week or another.”


April 06, 2021 Press

Sheida Soleimani in the New York Times

Sheida Soleimani was commissioned by the New York Times to consider what fun looks like now.


April 02, 2021 Press

Interview with Sheida Soleimani for Silver Eye

“I make photographs for a world in crisis.”

Read on Silver Eye.

March 17, 2021 Press Releases

Sheida Soleimani now represented by Denny Dimin Gallery

Born to political refugees who fled Iran in the mid-1980s, Soleimani builds photographic tableaux that dramatize Middle Eastern geopolitics, satirizing the reporting of West and East alike.

March 03, 2021 Press

Sheida Soleimani in Artsy’s “5 Artists On Our Radar This March”

Soleimani’s use of bright colors and textured backgrounds draw the viewer into the conversation and ask us to spend time there. By suggesting rather than spelling out the violence she so often takes up, Soleimani maintains the privacy and agency of her subjects instead of probing into their pain.

Read on Artsy.

February 16, 2021 Press

Sheida Soleimani in Less Than Half

As a photographer who captures images of elaborate stage-like sets, Sheida Soleimani is engaged with contradictory modes.


December 19, 2020 Press

Sheida Soleimani: Hotbed Reviewed in Hyperallergic

“Tracing Networks of Political Corruption in Sheida Soleimani’s Slick, Hyper-Stylized Tableaux” by Cassie Packard


December 19, 2020 Events

“In the studio with Sheida Soleimani” in The British Journal of Photography

The Iranian-American artist invites us into her converted, 19th century barn in Rhode Island, where politically charged installations co-exist with her hobby of rehabilitating injured wildlife.


December 08, 2020 Events

Sheida Soleimani: Hotbed Catalogs!

Exhibition catalog for Sheida Soleimani: Hotbed with essay by Jane Ursula Harris.

Read on Shop.

November 18, 2020 Events

Sheida Soleimani in Collector Daily

As a first gallery solo show in New York, this introduction to Soleimani’s work packs plenty of promising firepower. What’s exciting is that she’s boldly stepped into the fray of making overtly political art, and punched her way through with consistent intelligence and visual wit.


November 18, 2020 Events

Tribeca Gallery Day

Join all the Tribeca Galleries on Saturday, December 5th from 11am-7pm for Tribeca Gallery Day!


November 08, 2020 Events

Sheida Soleimani in Surface

Speaking truth to the crises that define relations between Iran and the United States, Soleimani superimposes source imagery onto sculptural backdrops to reflect and critique hot-button issues such as demands for reparations, sanctions on trade and resources, and the “crude” history of the petroleum industry.

Read on Surface.

November 06, 2020 Events

Opening Celebratory Conversation with Sheida Soleimani & Jasmine Wahi

Join us over Zoom for a celebratory opening conversation of the exhibition, Sheida Soleimani: Hotbed. The online event will include a walkthrough, discussion of the work, and Q & A.


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