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Azin Seraj is an Iranian native, Canadian citizen, and currently lives in the United States. Her video, photography, and multimedia installations reflect the varied textures of her transnational experience of displacement and alienation but also of unexpected connections. She uses sounds and images to create visually and socially lush experiences, layered spaces and multiple time frames. With an interdisciplinary approach to marginalized experiences, Seraj explores connections between colonial histories, contemporary politics in the Middle East, citizen journalism and activist networks.

Seraj’s work has been featured internationally in exhibitions and festivals including SFMOMA, Open Space Arts Society in Canada, Tate Liverpool, (S8) Monstra De Cinema Periférico in Spain, Berkeley Art Museum, Minnesota Street Project, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Croatian Association of Artists. Most recently, she has been the recipient of the 2019 Kala Media Artist Award.


Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors Distinction (University of Victoria, Canada, 2007)
Master of Fine Arts (University of California Berkeley,US, 2010)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019, Introductions 2019, Root Division, San Francisco, US
  • 2019, Diaspora Voiced, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, US
  • 2019, Once at Present: Contemporary Art of Bay Area Iranian Diaspora , Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, US
  • 2019, Choreographies of Disclosure, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, US
  • 2018, Queer Value, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, US
  • 2018, Betweenscapes, SOMArts, San Francisco, US
  • 2018, Echoes of Loss, Coconino Center For The Arts, Arizona, US
  • 2017, Multimedia & Performance Festival, SOMArts, San Francisco, US
  • 2016, Fort Nights, Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture, San Francisco, US
  • 2016, POP-UP PALMYRA, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, Berkeley, US
  • 2016, Locate Iran, Locate Project, Online Gallery
  • 2014, Theory of Survival: Fabrications, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013, In Our Hands, Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2013, Sublunar, Solo Exhibition, Martina Johnston, Berkeley, CA, US
  • 2013, Persona, Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, US
  • 2012, Temporary Structures, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco, US
  • 2012, In the CURRENTS: Bay Area Iranian/American Art Today, Asian Resource Center Gallery, Oakland, US
  • 2012, MARKET FITNESS, Headlands Center for the Arts, US
  • 2010, Shadowshop, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US
  • 2010, Memory Mine, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, US
  • 2010, No Right Angles, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, US
  • 2009, Time is a River: Colima Project, Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco State University, US
  • 2008-2010, Urban Jalousie, First International Roaming Biennial of Tehran
  • 2007, Workbench – B Sides, the fifty-fifty, Victoria, Canada
  • 2007, All Sorts, Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2006, Female Body, Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, Canada
  • 2006, Corporeality: Real and Imagined, Collaboration between University of Victoria, Canada and Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico

SELECTED SCREENINGS/FESTIVALS

  • 2019, Qinfolk Festival | QTPOC Film Art and Mental Health, Ithaca, US
  • 2017, The Artists as Amateur, Tate Liverpool Film, Liverpool, UK
  • 2017, Sea to shining sea, (S8) Monstra De Cinema Periférico, Coruña, Spain
  • 2017, Sea to radiant sea, Crater Lab, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2017, Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US
  • 2016, 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, US
  • 2015, Flying Broom: Ankara Womens Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2014, Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014, Mission Eye & Ear, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, US
  • 2013, Berkeley Dance Project 2013: Aperture, Zellerbach Play House, UC Berkeley, US
  • 2012, MENA Experimental: Recent Experimental Film and New Media from the Middle East, North Africa and Diasporas, The Arts at CIIS in collaboration with Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, US
  • 2011, Create: The Artists Are Present, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, US
  • 2010, Eisner Film Award Screening, Berkeley, US
  • 2009, Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, Canada
  • 2008, Casualties of Progress, Performing Arts Lodge, Vancouver, Canada

SELECTED PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS

  • 2017, We Will Not Be Silent, Projection on Oakland Police Department, Courtesy of Disclose Collective
  • 2013, RESISTANCE, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, US
  • 2013, Temescal Street Cinema, Oakland, US
  • 2010, Pulse Interval, Open Space Art Society, Victoria, Canada