Shirin Salehi (she/her) is a Spanish-Iranian visual artist, art researcher, and teacher living and working in Madrid and New York.
Shirin Salehi’s practice explores the relationships between thinking and making in the language of printmaking, exploring a register that usually focuses on the reproduced image to explore the dialectic between the concepts of time, memory, matter, and gesture of inscription. She investigates the expansion of printmaking from its grammar to other territories of interdisciplinary exploration working with sculpture, video, still images, and artist’s books. From the relationship between her two cultures emerges her interest in the tensions in the illegible image, the failed translation, and the veiled.
In parallel to her work as an artist, she is also an art teacher, a translator of Persian poetry, and an interpreter for asylum seekers. She has developed workshops on artist’s books and artistic thinking in multiple centers. She has taught at the Center for Book Arts in New York and the LENS School of Cinema and Photography. In 2021 she was invited by the Foundation Amigos del Museo del Prado as a lecturer for the program Enfoques.