Sholeh Asgary

Oakland, CA

Sholeh Asgary works with sound, image and object to create immersive multidisciplinary works, performances and workshops with a particular interest in liminal spaces experienced by the viewer. Utilizing the parameters of various media, such as photography, video, light, time and sound, she resurfaces the viewer’s relationship to space, in order to address the way objects can create disambiguation and break down representation. For example, she has made large obsolete televisions chant of spaces as they face each other, creating a polysymphonic rhythm that envelopes the viewer, yet never allows them to fully enter, and she has made carpets rumble with the sound of water, affected by the viewer’s static energy in an intimate aural and textural environment. 


Born in Iran in 1982, Asgary received her MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University. She is a current affiliate artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. Recent exhibitions, performances and screenings include ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, California, and Stanford University. Asgary is a Dance Elixir recipient of the 2019 Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant, under the leadership of Leyya Mona Tawil and in collaboration with Dena al Adeeb, a Soundwave NEXT awardee, and a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for her curatorial initiatives as Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs at Incline Gallery, where she also founded The Project Room and held numerous community workshops. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project in New York, Platform Residency in Finland, Krowswork in Oakland, ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, Flux Factory in New York, and a 2020 Kala Art Institute resident. As an artist and experimental sound performer, she approaches her role as an educator in much the same way, viewing liminal spaces as an essential component of learning for both student and educator. Asgary is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, and lives and works between Oakland, California and New York.