Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist currently residing in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, Soleimani would hear stories from her parents from their childhood in Iran. Soleimani was always concerned with the duality of her identity, being both American and Iranian.
Her installations are her attempts to negotiate stories from a cultural past that may seem foreign to her, with the somewhat more expected American upbringing. Soleimani builds a physical space in which she re-interprets her parents’ stories and her own memories.
Distilled by the compact, isolated stage that she had built for herself, Soleimani’s memories create powerful, laborious photographs that talk about relevant issues with a personal twist.