Sheida Soleimani’s work explores intersections of art and activism, melding sculpture, performance, film and photography to highlight critical perspectives on events across the Middle East. Through constructing staged sets in her studio and documenting them with the camera, Soleimani focuses on the dissemination of information, adapting images from press and social media leaks to exist within alternative scenarios. Soleimani is the daughter of political refugees persecuted by the Iranian government in the 1980s; as such, engagement with Iran is an ongoing facet of her practice.
Soleimani received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Medium of Exchange at Southern Utah Museum of Art (Cedar City, UT), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH), Atlanta Contemporary, (GA) and CUE Arts Foundation (New York, NY). Her work was part of the deCordova Biennial (deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA) in 2019 and has been recognized internationally in both exhibitions and publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Interview Magazine, VICE Magazine, amongst many others. Soleimani resides in Providence, RI, where she is a professor of studio art at Brandeis University.