Shaghayegh Cyrous was born in 1987 in Tehran, Iran, where she began her artistic practice with painting, urban installation, performance, and photography. While studying Visual Arts at the Science and Culture University of Tehran, she explored issues of propaganda, identity, and culture through street performances and installations.
In 2011, Shaghayegh moved to the Bay Area due to political tensions in her home country. Since then, her work has dealt with the experience of cross cultural communication and translation, addressing predicaments of estrangement and distance caused by political and cultural power dynamics. Through her work, she seeks to bridge these distances and create opportunities for exchanging thoughts and words between everyday people who are the victims of political decisions. Her projects incorporate interactive time-based strategies such as social practice, socially engaged art and participatory performances, as well as digital technologies such as video installation and live video chats, to create poetic spaces and opportunities for human connection.
In 2017, Shaghayegh graduated from the Master of Fine Arts Social Practice program at California College of the Arts, and the Escuela Arte Util fellowship program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts of San Francisco. As she continues to research different strategies and languages of navigating various political and cultural issues, her practice has extended beyond her own art into the curatorial realm. Her current focus is on the compression of time and space resulting from digital technologies such as Skype, Line and Telegram. These technologies enable her and others like her to connect “live” to their home countries, reflecting the desires of exiles and immigrants for communication with homelands that exist beyond their present times and locations. Her most recent work explores how digital media plays this critical role in the lives of exiles and immigrants, forcing them to navigate two different spaces – the physical and the virtual.