Shirin Maleki is a multimedia visual artist born in Tehran, Iran interested in experimental storytelling. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018 where she was able to combine her passion for interdisciplinary fine art by using photography, poetry and animation in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation. Her work often has an implicit connection with nostalgia and Anthropocene invoking a vast range of color and light and sparking ideas about childhood, nature, connection and change. She is interested in the potential of animation as a part of interactive installations to provoke action in the comfort of “unreal” highlighting the difference between real and unreal, real and surreal and their complicated connection with perception and representation.
30/900 is a poetic exploration of a once familiar and now estranged everyday landscape of a life left behind. The videos read the fragmented experience of an immigrant going through temporary residencies in a forever-liminal otherness between departure and a promised arrival. The textual and visual poetry of this space play with concepts such as separation, language attrition, memory, and overall, a reflection on the past and present.