Sofi Basseghi – Curriculum Vitae

Lives and works, Melbourne, Australia

Biography

Sofi Basseghi is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2007 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and pursued further graduate studies in directing in 2011 at the Victorian College of the Arts school of Film and Television. In 2014 she began her PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Arts and completed in early 2021.

Her award winning films, photographs and video work have been exhibited at internationally acclaimed venues and galleries including The SUBSTATION, Monash Gallery of Art, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Basseghi has also participated in numerous artist talks and symposiums.

Her artwork is based predominantly on real and fictitious stories born of experiences arising from the complexities of the cultural, religious and social climate people find themselves in. Her desire to cross inflicted boundaries and question cultural and traditional mores is evident in her lens-based work, which in recent years, has predominantly focused on narrative, documentary and experimental multi-channel video installations

Sofi serves on the Board of West Space and she is a committee member on the Arts Advisory Committee at Manningham Council.

She is also a sessional lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT and is working towards a solo exhibition due to open in April 2021 (Covid depending).

Education

2014-2021

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),Melbourne, VIC [Recipient of the Australian Post Graduate Award]

2011

Graduate Diploma (Narrative), Film & Television, VCA, Melbourne, VIC

2006-2007

Master of Fine Art, RMIT, Melbourne, VIC

2002-2005

Bachelor of Media Arts, Honours, [First Class], RMIT, Melbourne, VIC

Solo Exhibitions

2021

‘Ripples from the Unseen’, upcoming at The SUBSTATION, Newport, Video Installation

2016

‘Rebellious Fragments’, West Space Gallery, Melbourne, Video Installation

2016

‘Ascending Voices’, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Video Installation

2009

‘Sayeh Saran’, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, Iran, Photographic

2007

‘Salt on Slugs’, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Abbotsford, VIC, Mixed Media

‘Turmoil’, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Abbotsford, VIC, Photographic

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

‘The new ab/normal’, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne Australia

2019

Bowness Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia

‘Far Flung’, a project initiated by Tammy Wong Hulbert, Manningham Council, VIC, Australia

2018

Bowness Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia

The Family Mantle’, Curated by Pia Johnson Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic

‘Cultural Crossroads’, Curated by Vanessa Godden, The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, USA, Video

‘Hyphenated’, Curated by Tammy Wong Hulbert and Phuong Ngo, The Substation, VIC, Australia, Video Installation

‘Conspicuous Presence’, Curated by Caroline Phillips and the Women’s Art Register, Trocadero, Australia, Mixed Media

2017

‘Visionary Art Show’, Palazzo Vernazza Castromediano, Lecce, Italy, Video

‘Identity Intersection’, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation

‘The Lines In Between’, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation

‘Light Works’, MLC Common Ground Exhibition Space, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic

‘Turtles all the way down’, King’s Leap Gallery, NY, USA & Blindside Gallery as part of Channels Festival, Video

2016

‘Museum of International Connectivity’, The Dirty Dozen, Curated by Dr Phil Edwards

Morgan Court public art boxes installation in collaboration with Dr Phil Edwards for the City of Moreland, Glenroy, Australia, Mixed Media Installation

2015

Incinerator Art Award Finalist’s Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Video ‘In a Pink Room’, Primo Piano Gallery, Lecce, Italy, Photographic

2014

MooneeFest Residency, Moonee Art Space, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic

‘Imaginary’, Primo Piano Gallery, Lecce, Italy, Video Installation

‘Urban Storytellers’, Primo Piano Gallery, Lecce, Italy, Video Installation

2013

‘Regeneration’, Primo Piano Gallery, Lecce, Italy, Video Installation

Queensland Multicultural Week Inaugural Film Festival 2013, Brisbane, Australia, Short Film

‘Head On’, Photo FestivalandPortrait Prize, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, photographic portraits

‘Shoot it Out’ On the Silk Road, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy, Short Film

2012

Ionian International Digital Film Festival (IIDFF), Lefkas, Greece, Short Film

Iranian Film Festival Australia, ACMI, Melbourne,Australia, Short Film

‘Icons’, Kings ARI, Melbourne, VIC, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation, Photographic

Brantford Film Festival, Brantford, Canada, Short Film

Crucifixion, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, Iran, Photographic

2011

VCA Graduate Screenings, ACMI, Melbourne, VIC, Short Film

2008

Hatched 2008, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth, WA, Photographic

Humming a New Diaspora, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Video Installation

2007

Directors Lounge 2008, Scala Theatre, Berlin, Video

2006

Show Me Yours, co-curated with Abina Manning from the Video Data Bank Chicago, The Horse Bazaar, VIC, Video

A Portrait of Salote Tawale, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, Photographic

2006

Show Me Yours, co-curated with Abina Manning from the Video Data Bank Chicago, The Horse Bazaar, VIC, Video

A Portrait of Salote Tawale, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, Photographic

2005

The Cherrypickers, RMIT Honours Show, 69 Smith St Gallery, Abbotsford, VIC, Video Installation

 

2004

Whoever isn’t in this circle, doesn’t take part in this mystery, Persian Gardens Ancient Wisdom New Vision Exhibition,

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran, Video Installation

Michka, Graduate Exhibition, Smyrnios Gallery, Prahran, VIC, Photographic

 

2003

We Call This Paradise, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Photographic

 

 

Residencies

2015

Artists Incubator Glenroy, Melbourne, Australia (http://www.artistsincubator.com/artists/)

Employment in Higher Education

2019-current

Sessional Lecturer (Higher Education) at the School of Art at RMIT University

2019

Lecture/presentation for Master of Photography RMIT University

Seminars/Symposiums/PanelDiscussions

2018

AAANZ 2018 conference Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of ArtPanel member with Tammy Wong Hulbert and Rhett D’Costa

CAST Out loud: Artists from the Hyphenated Exhibition Panel Discussion at RMIT University

2017

Identity Intersection, Women, Art and Cultural Perspective, Counihan Gallery

2016

The Persian Prospect

Centre for Art Society and Transformation (CAST) RMIT University

2015

The Social Response (a Dialogue around Art and Social Engagement)

Centre for Art Society and Transformation (CAST) –RMIT University

Honours, Grants and Awards

2021

Recipient of $12000 Creative Victoria Grant

2020

Recipient of $12000 Australia Council for the Arts Grant

2019

Recipient of a $15000 Creative Victoria Grant

Bowness Prize Finalist, Monash Gallery of Art

2018

Bowness Prize Finalist, Monash Gallery of Art

2015

Incinerator Art Award Finalist Art for Social Change

2014

Australian Post Graduate Award

2013

Film Award – ‘The Orchard’- First prize at the Queensland Multicultural Film Festival

2012

Film Award –‘The Orchard’-Best Short Film, Best Script, Best Editing and BestCinematography in a Short film at the Ionian International Digital Film Festival –Greece

2008

Selected to participate in Hatched 08 an exhibition of works by top students from top AustralianUniversities at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

2005

First Class Honours Degree

2004

Became a member of Golden Key International Honour Society

Media Interviews

2015

Syn Media Art Smitten – A correspondence with Sofi Basseghi & Hannah Nowlan: Incinerator Art Award Finalists

2013

Meanjin online magazine – A correspondence with Sofi Basseghi

3ZZZ Community Radio Interviewing Sofi Basseghi

2007

SBS Radio – World View – Losing the treasures of Persian culture

SBS Radio – Persian Service – Interview with Sofi Basseghi

Board Member

2018-current

Committee Member

2018-current

Arts Advisory Committee member at Manningham Council