Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, 1250 Guy Street, FB 319,Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3H 2T4

Mailing address: Gem Lab, School of Cinema, FB 319, Concordia University, 

1455 Maisonneuve BLVD. West, Montreal, QC Canada, H3G 1M8


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Sanaz Sohrabi

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.”