Mandana Ranjbar Cheshmeh Sorkhi is an Iranian American, Houston-based conceptual artist. She received her MFA from University of Houston and her BS from Tehran University. She has exhibited at The Blaffer Art Museum, Elgin Street Studios. Her work was also featured in the United States, Iran, United Arab Emirates, and Italy. She is currently serving as Instructor at the University of Houston. She recently curated the Woman.Life.Freedom art exhibition at the University of Houston to respond to the ongoing atrocities faced by the Iranian woman.
I tell visual stories through light, composition, and multidimensional art. As a feminist conceptual artist, my work addresses the difficulties human beings face in the context of inequality, discrimination and power. My artworks depict the inner emotions of a variety of women. To portray their feelings about the oppression they experience, I use props and particular objects in staged photographs. I make surreal scenes that look imaginary in a created space somewhere between reality and fantasy and express these problems symbolically. Establishing social equality is one of my driving purposes, and I aspire through my art to reach everyone.