Shirin Gallery is pleased to present 'Letters,' a solo exhibition by Shadi Yousefian, from October 24 - November 28, 2013. Through a ritualistic process of cutting, soaking, gluing, and pinning, Yousefian composes the fragments of letters mailed to and received from distant loved ones. 'Letters,' adheres to minimalistic and repetitive formations, preserving these emotionally-laden exchanges while obscuring their content and piercing their pages. The works that comprise 'Letters,' are at once an index and abstraction of the intimacies shared through splintered correspondence.
Shadi Yousefian focuses on the topics of cultural identity and belonging, based in her experiences emigrating from Iran to the United States at the age of 16. Her work is process-oriented and employs a wide variety of media, such as photography, sculptural materials, and music. She attended San Francisco State University, where she received a BFA in 2003 and an MFA in 2006. In 2005, she was offered a Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Arts for her exhibition in the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. In 2004 and 2005, she received International Photo Awards from the Lurie Foundation. She has exhibited widely in California, with past shows including 'East of the West,' SOMArts Gallery; 'Theory of Survival,' The Lab; 'Celluloid: Film & Photography Exhibition,' Gallery One.