Taraneh Hemami

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Taraneh Hemami
ترانه همامی
Born1960 (age 59–60)
NationalityIranian American
EducationUniversity of Oregon
California College of the Arts
Known formultidisciplinary projects addressing Iranian diaspora
WebsiteOfficial website

Taraneh Hemami (Persian: ترانه همامی) (born 1960, in Tehran, Iran)[1] is an Iranian-American, visual artist and arts educator based in San Francisco, California, United States. Her works explore the complex cultural politics of exile through personal and collective, multidisciplinary projects often through site specific installation art or participatory engagement projects.


Born in Tehran, Iran, she moved to the United States in 1978 to attend college, right before the Iranian Revolution.[2] In 1982, Hemami received her BFA degree in Painting and Drawing from University of Oregon, Eugene, and in 1991 her MFA degree in Painting from California College of the Arts (CCA), where she now teaches.[3][4]

Hemami's work is often handcrafted and has included replicating government posters, shattered glass stylized as traditional Muslim prayer rugs, a laser-cut wool carpet map of Tehran and beaded curtains.[5] By manipulating common Iranian and Western imagery used to gain power and spread political influence, Hemami's work is a commentary on how this is used across nations throughout history. In her work "Home" (2006), she created a multimedia body of work by collecting photographs and stories from Iranian Americans to explore themes of displacement and representation within a home.[5]


Hemami has exhibited at national and international venues as well as guest curated exhibitions, including the following:

Collections, residencies and awards[edit]

Hemami's works have been collected internationally by major public collections including; the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as many private collections.[4] Hemami received a Creative Capital Award (2012),[6] Eureka fellowship award (2012),[4] Creative Work Fund (2000),[6] the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Council for the Humanities (Cal Humanities), San Francisco Foundation, and a Visions from the New California award (2004).[10] She has been in residence at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) (2013 – 2014),[2] Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute (2007),[6] The Lab and the Center for Public Life at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in Oakland, California.[11]

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  1. ^ "Taraneh Hemami, 'Most Wanted'". Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Taraneh Hemami". In The Make. 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Faculty Directory, Taraneh Hemami". California College of the Arts (CCA). Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Taraneh Hermani, San Francisco, Eureka Fellowship Awardee 2012". Fleishhacker Foundation. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Taraneh Hemami". KQED Arts, Spark. KQED. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Taraneh Hemami". San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoma). Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Taraneh Hemami". Rose Issa Project. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Telling Stories 14". The Intersection For The Arts. April 30, 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Taraneh Hemami 1960, IR". ArtFacts.Net. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  10. ^ http://artistcommunities.org/CAVisions/artists04.html Archived October 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "CrossConnections". Center for Art and Public Life. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.

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