“It’s not just artists that should be politically engaged – I believe activism is something all members of society should participate in somehow, regardless of their profession.“
Straddling art and activism, Sheida Soleimani’s (b. 1990, USA) outspoken practice reflects the fabric of her own political conscience. The daughter of persecuted political refugees from Iran, the artist re-contextualises found material to critique the centrality of the petroleum industry to geopolitical political ties between the west and the middle east. Playing with three-dimensional space, her elaborately constructed sets reimagine themes of corruption, human rights and torture. Soleimani’s work has been featured in multiple international publications such as Artforum and The New York Times. She holds an MFA from Cranbook Academy of Art as well as a range of teaching positions.
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