Education
2015- 2017 MVS University of Toronto 
2010-2013 BFA OCADU Major: Sculpture/Installation
2001-2006 BA Islamic Azad University Major: Painting| July

Grants & Awards
2020 Toronto Arts Council (emerging artist project grant)
2018  Ontario Arts Council (emerging artist project grant)
2016 SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarships (Provided by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
2015 David Buller Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto
2015 Fellowship Award for Master of Visual Studies program. University of Toronto. (2015-2017)
2014  Short listed for MOP CAP 2015 award
2014  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grant (For solo exhibition@ Artspace)
2014  Visual Art Project Grant: Toronto Arts Council (with NoYo residency program)
2014  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grant (For performance/workshop @Akin Collective)
2013  Project 31 Sculpture/Installation Award   
2013  Honourable Mentions: 401 Richmond Career-Launcher Prize
2012  Wayne Lum Memorial Scholarship 
2011  Sully Corth Memorial Fund Sculpture Scholarship   

Solo And Two Person Exhibitions
2014 V+1 (multiple mug project), Solo Exhibition, 8-11 | Aug
2014 ASSIGNMENTS, Solo Exhibition, Artspace, Peterborough, Canada | Jun-Aug
2014 PERPETUUM MOBILE: This Text is a Sculpture, Hamilton Public Library
2013 ONE: THE FORMS, TWO: THE PLURAL TENSE, Lanie Chalmers and Sona Safaei @ Narwhal Art Projects | Mar 
2012 DECENTER: PERFORMANCE + INSTALLATION, Parkingallery, Tehran | Jul
2011 SOMETIMES Y, Adam David Brown and Sona Safaei @ Al Green Gallery, Toronto | Feb

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Voices: artists on art (artist project conceived by Yvonne Lammerich and Ian Carr-Harris), Harbourfront Centre | Sept
2017 Out of Repetition, Difference, curated by Lauren Fournier, Zalucky Contemporary | Jul 
2017 University OF Toronto MVS studio program graduating exhibition at the Art Museum | Mar
2017 Mind the Gap (in collaboration with Rouzbeh Akhbari), OCAD University | Feb

2016 Art Athina Platform Projects represented by Parkingallery | May
2015  MOP CAP 2015 shortlisted exhibition | Mar

2014 TADAEX, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran |Oct
2014  BREATH FROM A WARM LOCALE, Croxhapox, Gent, Belgium | Mar
2014  A REVIEW OF A DECADE OF VIDEO ART IN IRAN, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran | Jan

2013  THE THIRD SPACE, Harbourfront Centre, main Gallery, Toronto | Jun-Sep
2013  REMEMBERING THE THINGS PAST/THINGS I HAVE NOT DONE, Dragon Academy, Toronto | Aug
2013  HAZELTON LANES ARTS FESTIVAL, Oval Square, Hazelton Lanes Mall, Toronto | May
2013     AUGMENTED CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL, The Royal Cinema, Toronto | Apr
2013  (B)ORDERS, ORDERS, (DIS)ORDERS, dna projects, Sydney, Australia | March
2013  Video series curated by Jennifer Simaitis, Xpace (External Space), Toronto | Feb
2013  LIMITED ACCESS FOUR, Aaran Gallery, Tehran | Jan

2012  TALKING TO OTHER PEOPLE (IN A REALLY LOUD ROOM), Xpace Cultural Center, Toronto  | Oct-Nov
2012  (B)ORDERS, ORDERS, (DIS)ORDERS, Raf Projects, Tehran | Oct
2012  SCRIPTURE, De Bond, Bruges | Sept-Nov
2012  IRANIAN PULSE, Sesc Vila Mariana, Sao Paulo | Sept-Dec
2012  PART OF ME, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris | June-July
2012  IN OTHER WORDS (THE BLACK MARKET OF TRANSLATIONS), NGBK & Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin | Mar

2011  IRAN VIA VIDEO CURRENT, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY | Dec
2011  IRANIAN PULSE, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro | Sep
2011  TVDINNER, IM International, NY | Jul
2011  IRAN INC., GALERIE ANNIE GENTILS, Bruges | May

2010  IRAN & CO, La Bourgeoiase, Bruges | Oct
2010  ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, The Factory Media Arts Centre, Hamilton | Sep

2006  4TH BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY PAINTING OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD, Saba Cultural Centre, Tehran | Nov
2006  DEEPER DEPRESSION, Abtin Gallery, Tehran | Jun

Selected Traveling Exhibition
2014  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, presented by ICI @ Asian Contemporary Art Week, NY | Oct
2014  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, Messy Sky / Cloud, Bangkok, Thailand | Sep-Oct
2014  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, USA | Sep-Dec
2013  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname| Dec
2013  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, VCUarts- Anderson Gallery, Richmond, USA | Nov
2013  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Canada | June
2012  PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, Video Room@ SH Contemporary Art Fair, China | Sept
2012  THE INVISIBLE PRESENT, The Ohio State University campus [Hagerty Hall], Ohio | Oct
2012  THE INVISIBLE PRESENT, Artists’ Television Access [Free Form Film Festival], San Francisco | Sep
2012  THE INVISIBLE PRESENT, The Camera/Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto | May
2011  LIMITED ACCESS III, Studio Strike & Mohsen Art Gallery, London & Tehran 

Published In
2015  V+1 (exhibition reviewed by Alison Snowball), Journal of Curatorial Studies, Volume 4 Number 1
2014  ASSIGNMENTS, Shift 7: Exchanges, OCAD U Student Press
2014  ASSIGNMENTS, Exhibition essay written by Jacob Wren @Artspace
2013  WRITTEN ON THE BODY/ POLITICS OF POETRY: Iranian Artists & the Power of Script, Mixed Bag Mag (online publication)
2013  LIMITED ACCESS FOUR, Exhibition Catalogue, Published by Parkingallery, Tehran
2012  CONVERSATIES-CONVERSATIONS (part I), Published by The Cultural Centre Bruges, Exhibition Catalogue from 1995-2012
2012  PROJECT 35 VOLUME II, Published by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, DVD
2012  IN OTHER WORDS (THE BLACK MARKET OF TRANSLATIONS), Exhibition Catalogue, published by NGBK: Berlin 
ISBN: 978-3-938515-46-4
2011  LIMITED ACCESS III, Exhibition Catalogue, Published by Parkingallery, Tehran | Mar

Other
2017 Co-instructor, course title: Visual Strategies, University of Toronto
2015 Teaching Assistant, course title: Visual Concepts, University of Toronto
2014-15 Co-director, 8eleven, Toronto
2014 Guest Artist Talk in course instructed by Adam D Brown, OCAD University |Course title: How Objects Works 
2014 External visitor to residency course instructed by April Hickox, OCAD University
             Course title: Special Topic in Art: Gibraltar Point: A Living Laboratory 
2014 Workshop facilitator, REWORKING THE COMMON KNOWLEDGE, Forge Workshop Series @Akin Collective, Toronto 
2013-now Co-organizer, NoYo Artist Residency Program, North York, Toronto
2013-14 Integrated Media Intern @ Harbourfront Centre
2013 Artist in Resident, ROUND TABLE RESIDENCY @ Dragon Academy, Toronto 
2013 External visitor to residency course instructed by April Hickox, OCAD University
            Course title: Special Topic in Art: Gibraltar Point: A Living Laboratory 
2013 Guest Curator, EXPANDED DOCUMENTATION, Limited Access Four (Festival for video, sound and Performance) Tehran 

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