Sahar Sepahdari-Dalai

 

Artist bio: Sahar Sepahdari-Dalai is a video and performance artist living in Brooklyn, NY originally from Iran. Sepahdari-Dalai works within the axis of healing as a space for multiplying meaning through translation and embodiment. Thinking through object-oriented ontologies and time-based art, she is concerned with decoding social norms and cultural intersections. Writing is at the core of Sepahdari-Dalai’s practice as is the poetics of place. She has curated an on-going show called Digital Diaspora, featuring artists within the Islamic Diaspora centering Black Muslim Artists. She has performed or shown her video works at Abrons Arts Center, The New Museum, Eyebeam, and Judson Memorial Church. She recently performed at The Haskell Opera House on the border of the U.S. and Canada as a contemporary version of Emma Goldman, performing an experimental lecture with Dadaist musicians. 

Education:

Dual Degree:

2017 Screen Studies: Eugene Lang The New School

2015 Fine Art: Parsons The New School

Upcoming:

2019 Hybrid Memories, Hybrid Narratives (group show) curated by Nadežda Kirćanski, U10 Art Space, Belgrade, Serbia

2019-2020 The Exhaustion Pavilion, The Wrong Digital Arts Biennial, Online/International

2020 Spa Castle (collaborative group performance in consideration of mania and movement),directed by Isaac Richard Pool,Honey’s NYC/Final Space TBD

Group Exhibitions:

2019 Instructions for a Performance by Emma Goldman, Foreman Gallery, Quebec, CA

2019 Criminalize This! Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Eyedream (BUFU), for Caseena Karim Installation, Eyebeam, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Jean Genet’s Eternal Smile, curated by Lumia Lightyear, Synesthesia, Brooklyn, NY

2018 War, Memory, Protest, HEKLER, curated by Farideh Sakhaeifar, Brooklyn, NY

2018 Wrong Water Pavilion,The Wrong Digital Arts Biennial, Online/International

2018 Us, Bronx Art Space, curated by Caseena Karim, Bronx, NY

2017 Art and Migration:

An (Im)migrant Justice and Art Exhibition, Eugene Lang Gallery,Manhattan, NY

2016 Detournement, Spectacle Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

2016 New Year New Work, Film Makers-Coop, Manhattan, NY

2016 Death Becomes Her, Pulsar Collective, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Bad Kid Stupid Kid, 25 E. Gallery, Manhattan , NY

2015 Parsons Festival,The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Manhattan, NY

2014 Parsons Festival,The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Manhattan, NY

Collaborations:

2019 Instructions for a Performance by Emma Goldman, Adam Kinner, Haskell Free Opera House and Library, Border of Quebec & U.S.

2018 Designed laser-cut masks for a performance, Morehshin Allahyari, The Rubin Museum (and touring), Manhattan, NY

2017 Butter Body Politics, Jessica Posner, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

2016 Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre, My Barbarian, The New Museum, Manhattan, NY

2015 Protocols, Lior Shivl, Art in General, Manhattan, NY

Residencies:

2019 Emerge, Abrons Arts Center, Manhattan, NY

2019 Home School (Time and Space Limited), Hudson, NY

2017 Colgate University (Guest Artist/Workshop Leader), Syracuse, NY

2016 The New Museum (My Barbarian), Manhattan, NY

Curatorial:

2016 Digital Diaspora, Parsons 25 E 13th Gallery & Lang Sky Bridge Gallery, Manhattan, NY

2018 Digital Diaspora, underground location with BUFU, Brooklyn, NY

2018 The Politics of Dreaming, Magic City, Brooklyn, NY

Professional Work:

2019 7 on 7, Head of Green-Screen production, American Artist & Rashida Richardson, Rhizome/New Museum, Manhattan, NY

2017 Artist Assistant, Tuomas A. Laitinen, International Studio Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY

2016-17 Love Story (featured at the 2017 Venice Biennale), Production Assistant, Candice Brietz, Manhattan, NY

Publications:

2019 Lōkē Magazine, Issue 2

2019 Deranged Film Motes, Issue 1

2018 HEKLER, War, Memory, Protest, Online

Auctions:

2019 Paddle 8 Auction, Film Makers-Coop, gallery to be announced

Scholarships:

2017 (5 years) University Scholars Award

2017 (5 years) Dean’s BFA Scholarship

2017 (5 years) BFA Scholarship

2015 Study Abroad Berlin, Gilman Scholarship/ part of Fulbright Student Program (Federal)

2014 Study Abroad China, Design Technology Summer Program

References:

Tyler Coburn & Caseena Karim

(contact information available upon request)