Setare S. Arashloo

ستاره صالحی ارشلو


Setare Arashloo is a multi-disciplinary artist who is interested in the intersections of art and social, political and labor movements. She is interested in personal accounts of historical events and her artistic researc explores the creative ways of documenting and archiving them. She graduated with an MFA in Studio Ar from Queens College and an Advanced Certificate in Critical Social Practice from Social Practice Queen (SPQ). She has received several grants and fellowships for her individual and collaborative works including Kahn/ Mason SIP Fellowship at Elizabeth Foundation, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Montes Press Writing Grant, AIM fellowship from Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Archie Green Fellowship for Workers Art Coalition from America Folk Art Center. She had worked as a museum and art educator in different institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Queens College, and Empire State College (SUNY). Her works have been exhibited internationally in the US, Iran, Afghanistan, France, Germany, and Australia, She lives and works between New York and Tehran.



2017-2018      Advanced Certificate in Critical Social Practice (SPQ), Queens College, CUNY, New York

2013-2015      MFA in Studio Art, Queens College, CUNY, New York

2012-2013      Post-Baccalaureate of Fine Art, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore

2007-2011      BA in Painting, University of Tehran, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran


2018      Mark, Knock, Stitch, screening at Year Light Festival at DUMBO, New York

2016      Workers Art Coalition, Cinema Village, Workers United Film Festival, New York

2016      Precarious Workers Pageant, Union Docs, Workers United Film Festival, New York

2015      Knitted Camps, Azad Gallery, Tehran

2015      Who Built Your Architecture? Precarious Workers Pageant, video screening and panel discussion, The James Gallery, The Center For The Humanities, Graduate Center, New York

2015      Workers Art Coalition, video screening and panel discussion, Queens Art Council, New York


2023      Tehran-Seattle, curated and organized by a.n.t.i.p.o.d.e, Seattle, US

2022      Drawing Drawing, Annual of Contemporary Drawing, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2021      Artilade Plus/Minus 2020, online exhibition hosted by ARTILADE magazine

2020      Postcards From The Pandemic, Beard and Weil Gallery, Wheaton College, Massachusetts, US

2019      Art Workers Won’t Kiss Ass and Eat Flowers, La Box Gallery, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arte, Bourges, France

2018      Taklif: Ideas of Femininity, Fofa Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2018      Mark, Knock, Stitch, Music Performance in collab with Iran Sanadzadeh, Light Year Festival, Adelaide, Australia

2018      Endnotes, The Chimney, New York, US

2017      Memories of Future Landscape, El Museo Del Los Sures, New York, US

2017      Art of “Whose” People, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, US

2017      Landscape Up Close, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2017      Bronx Calling: The 4th AIM Biennale, Bronx Museum, New York, US

2017      The Archive of Effects, Culture Push, Nurture Art, New York, US

2017      Mark, Knock, Stitch, Performance in collab with Iran Sanadzadeh, Panoply Performance Lab, New York, US

2016      Material Archive, Curated by Adriana Pauly, Klapper Gallery, Queens College, New York, US


2023      Elizabeth Foundation, Kahn/ Mason SIP Fellowship, NY, US

2022      Sitka Center for the Art and Ecology, Artist Residency, OR, US

2021      Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, US

2020      Artist For Artist (AFA) Masterclass and AFA mini-grant, online

2020      Montes Press Writing Grant, London, UK

2020      Artist Relief Grant, US

2020      Museum Workers Relief Fund, Museum Workers Speak, US

2018      LungA School teaching artist in residence, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

2018      Art in Action fellowship, Social Practice Queens, New York

2017      AIM fellowship, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

2016      Archie Green Fellowship for Workers Art Coalition, American Folk Art Center, Washington DC

2015      Byrdcliffe Artist Residency and Fellowship, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, NY

2015      Research and travel grant from Gulf Labor Coalition, Venice


2022      Wirewomen: Lighting it Up- What It's Like to be a Female Union Electrician, Hard Ball and Little Heroes, NY

2022      Freedom Rides Persian Podcast: A Journey Through the South and the Civil Right Landmarks, Setare S. Arashloo, NO NIIN, Issue 12, 06.22, Finland

2021      Freedom Rides Persian Podcast, published on all podcast platforms

2020      Seance, Montes Press online publication, London

2019      Workers Art Coalition, Nameye Azad, No# 7, Tehran

2019      Body (In) Over the City, self-published artist book

2017      From Books by Black Woman to Electricians’ Stories, a Show Catalogues Alternative Archives, Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic, April 11

2017      Like A Dote on the Margins of a Book, Nameye Azad, No# 5, Tehran

2016      Curator Talk by Adriana Pauly on “Material Archive” exhibition, Artreport Digital Publication, April 

2015      At Venice Biennale Artists Stage a Pageant for Precarious Workers in Abu Dhabi by Gretchen Coombs, Hyperallergic, Sep 1

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles