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1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

2022 Winner

Raheleh Filsoofi

Raheleh Filsoofi is a collector of soil and sound, an itinerant artist, feminist curator, and community service advocate. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound, and video. Her interdisciplinary practices act as the interplay between the literal and figurative contexts of land, ownership, immigration, and border. Her work has been shown individually and collaboratively both in Iran and the United States. Her recent exhibition includes interactive multimedia solo exhibitions Debated Narrative at Engage Project in Chicago (2022). Filsoofi’s Imagined Boundaries a multimedia installation, consisting of two separate exhibitions, debuted concurrently in a solo exhibition at the Abad Gallery in Tehran and group exhibition Dual Frequency at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida in 2017. The installation in each country connected audiences in the U.S. and Iran for few hours in the night of the show opening. She has been the recipient of the 2021 Southern Prize Tennessee State Fellowship and South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. She is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University. She holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University and a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran.