Laleh Motlagh (b. Tabriz, Iran) is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Iran. She was previously artist-in-residence at Nature, Art, and Habitat Residency (Taleggio Valley, Italy), Kunsthalle Bellow (Techentin, Germany), Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany), and House of Nature (Wald, Germany). She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2021.
Motlagh’s work intertwines with the non-human others built on exchange and personal entanglement. She explores notions of love, intimacy, trust and resilience through drawing, painting, performance, video, and installation. She questions and challenges the socio-cultural alienation in human societies and reflects on her identities: female, Iranian, multicultural. She is interested in exploring the complexity of our sensorial perceptions and how they shape us as humans. Motlagh’s work often extends beyond momentary exchange, as it interrogates both the borders between human and natural life, the admissible and taboo, as well as the geopolitical overtones found so prevalently in the discourse of border zones and notions of belonging.
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