Taraneh Hermani, San Francisco

Eureka Fellowship Awardee 2012


Taraneh Hemami engages in diverse strategies (installation, object and media productions, collective and participatory projects) to explore themes of displacement, preservation and representation.  Examining the careful crafting of images as propagated for power and political gain, Taraneh’s recent work comments on tools of manipulation and persuasion used across nations and histories.  Grants have been awarded by the Creative Work Fund (2002), San Francisco Arts Commission (2002 and 2007), California Council for the Humanities (2003), James Irvine Foundation (2004), Kala Art Institute (2007) and Christensen Fund (2005-2006).  She has exhibited in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, The Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission, and at the Sharjah Biennial.  Her works are in the collections of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  She has been reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Arts Monthly, San Francisco Weekly, Radical History Review and the New York Times.  She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Oregon (1982), and her MFA in Painting from California College for the Arts (1991). Taraneh is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts.