Soheila Azadi is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, educator, and a mother based in Chicago and Iran. Born in the capital of Islamic cities, Esfahan, Azadi absorbed story-telling skills through Persian miniature drawings and Islamic architecture since she was nine. Azadi’s inspirations come from her experiences of being a woman of color living under Theocracy and Democracy. Now residing in the U.S. Azadi is dedicated to Transnational Feminism with a passionate devotion to the ways in which gender, sex, race, culture and religion intersect. Azadi uses different media to both investigate, materialize, contextualize, and narrate stories of women as minorities.
Her use of fabric in her works is deployed critically and sensually to amplify customs that serve to classify, separate, oppress, and potentially / unknowingly liberates those obfuscated by such a tradition.
Azadi currently teaches at SAIC within the Contemporary Practices Department.
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