Headlands Center for the Arts

Sholeh Asgary

california | interdisciplinary
Affiliate Program 2019—2022

Artist Statement

I am an Iranian-born interdisciplinary sound artist who creates immersive works, performances, and audience participatory scores. Utilizing the parameters of various media, such as photography, video, light, time, and sound, I resurface the viewer’s relationship to space in order to address the way objects can create disambiguation and break down representation. My practice takes on an alchemical process of distilling symbolic representations into messengers of liminal spaces. For example, I have made large obsolete televisions chant while facing each other, creating a polysymphonic rhythm that envelopes the viewer, yet never allows them to fully enter, and made carpets rumble with sounds of water, affected by the viewer’s static energy in an intimate aural/textural environment. Much of my sound work draws somatically from formative early life experiences as a refugee.

While at Headlands

I continue to excavate my own future mythologies by bridging large swathes of time and history, through water, water clocks, movement, and sound.

Selected Video Works

270, 2020; sound composition and performance; 5 minute excerpt of 34 minutes performance; © Sholeh Asgary

Sholeh Asgary in collaboration with Dena Al-Adeeb, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Leyya Mona Tawil, untitled excerpt from Past + Future Forms, 2020; sound composition and performance; 2 min. 30 sec. excerpt; © Sholeh Asgary

Selected Works

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