May 28th – August 8th
Gibbs Street Gallery
Guided by nonlinear collaboration with past and future ancestors, Mojdeh creates altar installations and films that explore the sacred spaces we are called to claim and reclaim between dualities of grief and joy, destruction and creation, trauma and healing. Her practice is largely process-led, moving boldly between media, and resulting in a dynamic and ephemeral language of play, poetry and prayer that incorporates existing bodies of her 2D, sculptural and video work as a part of its immersive vocabulary.
Mojdeh tells stories, she intuits and questions ways of knowing. She engages in conversation with celestial bodies and built environments. Her work often incorporates movement, color, light and shadow, natural elements and her own body, as well as objects and relics that carry a story or a sense of place within them. The autobiographical pieces also draw from photographs, early drawings and toys from her childhood in Iran. All of these elements are often deconstructed and reconstructed, re imagined and transformed, and shaped into site responsive interventions. Through this process, Mojdeh invites others inside the walls of her own learning, and into an embodied consideration of collective power and resilience.
About the artist:
Mojdeh Rezaeipour was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to the US with her family at the age of twelve. She is a graduate of University of California Berkeley, where she studied architecture, and a graduate of Alt*Div, an alternative divinity school centering the intersection of healing justice and art as spiritual practice. Mojdeh’s work across various disciplines has led her to plant roots in the Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, Rome, Tokyo and Berlin. Her solo and collaborative exhibitions include Soul Soil (2016), Belonging (2017), on matters of resilience (2018), Fractal Futures (2018), Learning; Unlearning (2019), Memories; Dreams; Reclamations (2019), and a pomegranate, a rose (2020). Mojdeh’s work has been featured in Image Journal, So To Speak, DIRT, BmoreArt, The Washington Post, NPR, and is also privately and publicly collected worldwide. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including The Studio Visit Fellowship at Takt Berlin (2018), Second Place at The Trawick Prize (2019), Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship Grant (2020), The Nicholson Project Artist In Residence (2020), and VisArts Studio Fellowship (2020-2021).
In 2010, Rezaeipour and her father co-founded Epicure Cafe (Fairfax, VA) — a restaurant, arts space, music venue and a haven of community for creatives in the greater Washington D.C. area, where she served as Program Director until 2019. Since 2011, she has also been involved as a Storyteller, Story Coach and Producer with The Moth, and other storytelling communities in both Washington D.C. and New York City. Alongside a full-time studio practice, she leads independent workshops on art, storytelling and divination.