Raheleh Filsoofi

Nashville, Tennessee

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Raheleh Filsoofi

A headshot of Raheleh Filsoofi in black and white. She is an Iranian-American woman wearing a beaded headwrap over wavy dark hair to her shoulders, and wears dangling earrings.

Raheleh Filsoofi is collector of soil and sound, an itinerant artist, and a feminist curator. Her geographical, disciplinary, and conceptual practice take on critical narratives about movement, immigration, and social activism. Her multimedia installations, performances, and immersive sound experiences disrupt the borders that exist between us and seek a more inclusive world, illuminating and challenging policies and politics. Her current and recent exhibitions include Imagined Boundaries, an interactivemultimedia installation at Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC (2023-2024), and Only Sound Remains, an interactive multimedia installation at the Sharjah Biennial 15, Thinking Historically in the Present in Sharjah, UAE (2023). Filsoofi’s Imagined Boundaries, a multimedia installation, consisting of two separate exhibitions, debuted concurrently at the Abad Gallery in Tehran and at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida, in 2017. She has been the 2022 Winner of the1858 Contemporary Southern Art Award and the recipient of the 2021 Southern Prize Tennessee State Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University and holds a secondary appointment at the Blair School of Music. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University and a BFA in Ceramics from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023

Website / Social Links

As an Iranian American woman, my experience as an immigrant deeply influences my artistic philosophy and I am driven to produce work that challenges current perspectives on politics, society, nature, and culture. Clay and sound form the core of my ideas, symbolizing architecture and sensory depth. By intertwining them in multimedia installation and performance, they offer immersive experiences, bridging divides between places and cultures. This melding illuminates political narratives, seeking inclusivity and universal wisdom through a shared world beyond physical and psychic boundaries.”