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The Painting Salon: Leila Weefur and Minoosh Zomorodinia

Please join us Thursday, May 23rd at Wolfman Books for a lecture by Leila Weefur and Minoosh Zomorodinia.

Snack and drink will be provided.
Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind's eye inspired by nature and her environments. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity's relationship to the natural world. She earned her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute (2015), and holds a Masters degree in Graphic Design (2006) and BA in Photography (1998) from Azad University in Tehran, Iran. She has received several awards and residences including MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute(2013), Kala Art Institute Media Art Fellowship(2018), and Djerassi Resident Artists Program(2016). She has collaborated with environmental artists collectives Open5 in Iran before moving to the United States in 2009. She has exhibited locally and internationally such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Root Division, SOMArts, Pori Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Isfahan, Iran. Currently she works and lives in the Bay Area and is Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is an artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from Mills College. Weefur tackles the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Using materials and visual gestures to access the tactile memory, she explores the abject, the sensual and the nuances found in the social interactions and language with which our bodies have to negotiate space.

She is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The Wattis, and Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York.

Weefur is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical and a member of The Black Aesthetic.
The Painting Salon is a monthly lecture series aimed at fostering a dialogue about contemporary art in the Bay Area. Each month, we invite two artists to present their work at a new art space, gallery or artist studio. With the nomadic venue and expanding roster of presenters, the Salon hopes to foster community by introducing new audiences to artists and artists to each other. The Salon is currently being curated by Bay Area artists Laura Rokas, Rachelle Bussieres, Camile Messerley, and Andrea Bacigalupo.