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May 2, 2017 – May 21, 2017
Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist, currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island. The daughter of political refugees that were persecuted by the Iranian government in the early 1980’s, Soleimani inserts her own critical perspectives on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences in Iran. Her works meld sculpture, video, collage, and photography to create collisions in reference to Iranian politics throughout the past century. By focusing on media trends and the dissemination of societal occurrences through the news, source images from popular press and social media leaks are adapted to exist within alternate scenarios. Soleimani received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo exhibitions at Edel Assanti, London, UK; BOYFRIENDS, Chicago, IL; Williamson/Knight, Portland, OR, and forthcoming shows at the CUE Arts Foundation, New York and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.