Sholeh Asgary


Sholeh Asgary (she/her) is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who creates immersive works, sound performances, audience participatory scores, and workshops with a particular interest in liminal spaces experienced by the viewer. Utilizing the parameters of various media, such as photography, video, light, time, and sound, she resurfaces the viewer/participant’s relationship to space, in order to address the way objects can create disambiguation and break down representation. Relating to her early somatic experiences as a refugee, her practice takes on an alchemical process of distilling symbolic representations into messengers of liminal spaces. For example, she has made large obsolete televisions chant while facing each other, creating a polysymphonic rhythm that envelopes the viewer–yet never allows them to fully enter, or carpets rumble with sounds of water, affected by the viewer’s static energy in an intimate aural/textural environment. 

A current affiliate artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, she is also a 2020 artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA, Wassaic Project, and Kala Art Institute. Recent exhibitions, performances, and screenings include ARoS Art Museum, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Minnesota Street Project, and Stanford University. Asgary is a recipient of the 2019 Kenneth Rainin Foundation New Project Grant through Dance Elixir, under the leadership of Leyya Mona Tawil and in collaboration with Dena al-Adeeb, and a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for her curatorial initiatives as Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs at Incline Gallery, where she also founded The Project Room. She has been an artist-in-residence at ARoS Art Museum, Platform Residency, Krowswork, and Flux Factory, and performed with La Pocha Nostra. Asgary received her MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University. As part-time photography faculty at Foothill College, she lives and works between Oakland, California, and New York.