Sanaz Sohrabi is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago. She has been showing her work in exhibitions and performances such as Art Expo Chicago, 6018 North Gallery, Nightingale Micro Cinema, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts among others. Sohrabi received her BFA from University of Tehran in 2011 and her MFA from School of the Art Institute in 2014 where she was awarded the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship and the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship. She has received residencies at Chicago Artist Coalition BOLT Program, ACRE Projects and Ragdale Foundation. 

Personal Statement

I am particularly invested in landscape and memory, the conjunction of nature and culture, and mobile bodies. How do laws of memory apply to the physical space? Just as territory only exists when it is crossed, so too does memory only exist as it is recalled. I often staged movements and live gestures for the camera. Moving between performance, photography, and video, each piece is a search for representation of an absence, or an abstraction, remembering its own border between the viewer and the body. Material becomes activated by the environment and the body, mapping them as places of action.

My work invests in different angels to the surface, surface in relation to the action and evidence. Moving between performance and video, my work is a confrontation with the limitations of the body: Where does the body end? Or the body is limitless? How do you define your body? Through the skin, action, or the gaze?

My surroundings and the sites I inhabit heavily influence my practice. Finding a place and excavating its essence, using it as raw material to conceive body movements and produce the final product as video installations. My works are not necessarily site-specific but they are definitely oriented by the site I engage with. This engagement takes into account geography, locality, and history. 


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.