Sanaz Sohrabi is an artist and interdisciplinary researcher who works across moving/still image practices, video and installation to analyze the status of moving image as a gateway to a larger investigation around the role of archives as the materials of times and spaces of spectatorship. Sohrabi looks at visual traces, acts of viewership and their reciprocal dis/reappearances to investigate the impermanence and malleability of archival records and historical narratives. Performing history via memory and animating the pace of memory through destabilizing the residual archives have been at the core of her practice-based research and writing.
She received her BFA from University of Tehran, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a PhD student at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, where she works across Visual and Cultural Studies, Studio Arts and Art History. She has been awarded a number of fellowships and artist residencies including: ZK/U Berlin (2018), SOMA Summer School Ciudad de México (2017), Est-Nord-Est résidence d’artistes (2016), Vermont Studio Center (2015) and Chicago Artist coalition Bolt Program (2014-2015), among others. Selected exhibitions and festivals include Videonale 16 Bonn, Fiva 06 Buenos Aires (first prize for short film), Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 2017, Images festival 2017 Toronto, Transart Triennale 16 Berlin, Expo Chicago 2013, and Beirut Art Center.
She is a co-curator of the year-long project “The Politics of Alternative Media.”