This week, we speak with artist Sheida Soleimani. Soleimani grew up in the American Midwest hearing stories of her parents’ escape from Iran: her father spending years in hiding, her mother imprisoned in solitary confinement. Now, she is using three-dimensional collages to tell their story. And she’s doing it in collaboration with them.

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– Lilah’s profile of Sheida Soleimani, from the FT Weekend Magazine’s recent photography special:

– You can explore Ghostwriter on the Edel Assanti website. It’s on view at their gallery in London until May 13:

– Sheida Soleimani’s 2021 work Proof:

– Ghostwriter will be on view at the Denny Gallery in Manhattan in September

– Sheida is on Instagram at @sheidajanam

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