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Artist Statement

Sahyeh Sorkh: 14 min, HD video, accompanied by musical composition, String Quartet No.2: One Day; Tehran, by Sahba Aminikia. 2010.
Sahyeh Sorkh: 14 min, HD video, accompanied by musical composition, String Quartet No.2: One Day; Tehran, by Sahba Aminikia. 2010p

“I am interested in the fluctuating space of cross-cultural encounter; as a result, I create collaborative projects, physically bringing artists and participants of different backgrounds together to co-create works that reflect our shared concerns as they transform and fuse together in the creative process.” —rashin

My process of artmaking provides an avenue for studying social, cultural, and political issues and engagements. In my artistic career I’ve been invested in finding common grounds, to bring together people of diverse background to contemplate social issues through aesthetic, conceptual and psychological explorations. The artwork becomes the place where people, media, and objects come together to create new social memories and as result re/define our notion and definition of self and others. I am interested in creating an experience, a moment of encounter, where preconceptions of otherness collapse and beliefs held about each other and ourselves are put into question. My process is collaborative and the artwork is complete within the dialogue and conversations that resulted from audience participation. I am particularly interested in the voices of margins and the position of media in creatingnew social and cultural memories. I tap into personal histories and narratives, in order to explore socio-political issues.

Artist Bio

Rashin Fahandej is a multi-media artist and filmmaker. She works in a diversity of media, including but not limited to feature documentary film, video/sound installations, performance, relational art, photography and painting. Her projects center on marginalized voices, personal histories, and possibilities for public participation and collaboration. Fahandej’s independent and collaborative projects have been exhibited and broadcasted internationally at numerous venues. As a research fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab and Boston Artists-In-Residence with the Mayor’s Office of Art and Culture, Fahandej has been developing a social justice art project using co-creative methodologies that involve community members, artists, researchers, technologists, and other organizations. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and San Francisco Art Institute, Fahandej’s approach toartmaking is deeply informed by her personal experiences as a woman and a member of persecuted Baha’i minority in Iran, as an immigrant to Boston, and as an educator for over 18 years.

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From Baku to Belmont, 50 min, 2013/2015, Portrait documentary From Marginalia Series



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