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Transformative Body Sculptures: A Workshop with Sepideh Tajalizadeh

Date: Saturday, July 27 —Saturday, July 27, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM —1:00 PM
Location: McColl Center
Cost: $75
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 27

Discover the art of creating soft sculptures with Artist-in-Residence Sepideh Tajalizadeh. In this workshop, you'll learn to transform old clothes into body-centric sculptures through hand sewing. Sepideh will guide you to explore the body's meaning, function, and form, encouraging you to create unique extensions like additional fingers or enlarged limbs. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to delve into sculpture that re-examines and abstracts our bodies and identities, providing a fresh perspective on self-expression and artistic creation.

*All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring old clothes, especially t-shirts you wish to repurpose or donate to the artist. Workshop is for ages 16+.

10% off when you purchase 2 or more tickets.

Generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Artist:

Sepideh Dashti is a mother, interdisciplinary artist, art-based researcher, PhD student, and art instructor based in Memphis, TN, USA.
At the core of her artistic practice lies a profound exploration of her visceral experiences, navigating the interlocking systems of oppression such as patriarchy and racism and their impact on female bodies denied agency. Through her body performances, video, photographs, text, textiles, and installations, Dashti utilizes her diasporic lens to explore the intricate and multifaceted gender and race-based challenges experienced by an Iranian immigrant woman. These artistic expressions shed light on the continued contestation of her body, even after her relocation, inviting audiences to confront the complexities of her lived experience. Her art serves as a vehicle for rediscovering, reinventing, and reinterpreting her cultural identity, becoming a pivotal point in her exploration of diverse and heterogeneous contexts. She appropriates dominant philosophies and technologies, interweaving them with her lived experiences to create compelling and authentic artwork