Laleh Mehran discusses the amount of hard work that goes into good art

Laleh Mehran creates experiential art. Her process for making artwork involves both “art” + “work.” Lots of work! It’s in this process of making that ideas can shift, visuals can expand, and production methods can improve - all enhancing the final artwork. Laleh spoke about that process, her work, and the hard work required to create and sustain a creative career.

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Laleh Mehran creates experiential art. Her process for making artwork involves both “art” + “work.” Lots of work! It’s in this process of making that ideas can shift, visuals can expand, and production methods can improve - all enhancing the final artwork.

Issues revolving around dissent and exile are of particular interest and concern to Laleh Mehran. The progeny of Iranian scientists, her relationship to these subjects is necessarily complex, and is still more so now given a political climate in which certain views are increasingly suspect. Mehran’s research, often modeled on and about the very ideas of science and technology, takes advantage of their cultural importance in order to articulate a set of ideas which require precisely these kinds of mediations from both political and religious intolerance.

Mehran received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Electronic Time-Based Media. Her work has been shown individually and as part of art collectives in international venues including the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), in the United Arab Emirates, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, Electronic Language International Festival (FILE), in Brazil, the Next 5 Minutes 4 Tactical Media Festival in Holland, the 404 International Festival of Art & Technology in Argentina, the European Media Arts Festival in Germany, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival in New Mexico, and the Pittsburgh Biennial. Mehran is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.

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