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Sanaz Sohrabi

Portrait of Sanaz Sohrabi
Portrait of Sanaz Sohrabi

Sanaz Sohrabi (b.1988, Tehran) is a research-based artist, filmmaker, and essayist currently a Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et culture doctoral candidate at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University, Montréal. Her artistic research explores the contested historical role that visual representations of oil have played in shaping ideas about colonial petromodernity, postcolonial sovereignty, and resource nationalism in Iran and the broader MENA region.

Sohrabi’s work has been screened and exhibited internationally at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Cinema Vérité Iran International Documentary Film Festival, IndieLisboa (Lisbon), Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile), Mimesis Documentary Festival (Boulder), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Sheffield DocFest, Kasseler Dokfest (Kassel), Videonale.16 (Kunstmuseum Bonn), Videoex (Zurich), FIDBA, International Documentary Film Festival (Buenos Aires), among others. Sohrabi’s recent exhibitions include SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), Centre Clark (Montréal), and Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City).

Her most recent essay titled “Ruminations on Petropublics Across Borders,” was published in 2021 by Kunstlicht Magazine in Amsterdam. She is also a member of the research group “Oil Cultures from the Middle East and Latin America (OCMELA),” with whom she has published a conversation with Murtaza Vali, titled “Petromobilities in the Global South,” released by Museumsforlaget in Norway in March 2022. [Source: VOX, 2022]