Raheleh (Minoosh) Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. She employs walking as a catalyst to reference the power of technology as a colonial structure while negotiating boundaries of land. Her strollings sometimes reimagine our relationships between nature, land, and technology, while addressing transformation of memories into actual physical space absurdly. Zomorodinia has received several awards, residences, and grants including Recology AIR program, the Kala Media Fellowship Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, I-park Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Djerassi Residency, ArtYard Residency, the Alternative Exposure Award, California Art Council grants, Red Bull Arts Microgrant- Oakland, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts FCA Emergency Grant. She has exhibited locally and internationally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Pori Art Museum, Berkeley Art Center, SOMARTS, Pori Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, ProARTS, and Currents 826 gallery.. Her work featured in SF Chronicle, Hyperallergic, SFWeekly, CityArts Magazine, KQED and many more. She earned her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and holds a Masters degree in Graphic Design and BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She currently lives and works in the Bay Area.
Informed by my cultural background, religion, and politics, my work investigates the concept of “Self”, specifically how it relates to the environment. Inspired by nature, I borrow from rituals including walking, sometimes infusing humor. I integrate contradictory concepts into pieces that visualize struggles of the “self” by inserting my body into these moments of time and space. Recently I employed walking as a catalyst for my sculptures, which reference nomadic lifestyles, as well as colonialism. By tracking my paths using technology, I claim the ownership of the land, while representing a changed perception in the digital age and addressing transformation of memories into actual physical space absurdly.