Golaleh Yazdani to Be the Next Lunder Institute Resident Fellow

The Lunder Institute for American Art is pleased to announce that Golaleh Yazdani, an Iranian-born mixed media artist currently based in Portland, Maine, will be the next resident fellow at the Greene Block + Studios in downtown Waterville.

Yazdani will join Veronica Perez, Julia Arredondo, and E. Saffronia Downing, who each began their fellowships in 2021, in comprising the Spring 2022 cohort of resident fellows.

Lunder Institute residential fellowships provide artists with spacious studios as well as opportunities for collaboration with Colby College faculty, students, staff, and the Waterville community. This studio program encompasses artists at all stages of their careers and working in a range of artistic disciplines and mediums.

Yazdani is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She received her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Art in Tehran, Iran, and her master of fine arts at Maine College of Art.

Yazdani has exhibited in Iran and the United States in venues such as Mana Art Center, Boston University Art Galleries, SPACE, Able Baker Contemporary, and New System Exhibitions, among others.

Mixed media is Yazdani’s language. She incorporates video, sculpture, stop motion animation, and performance in her work. Growing up in a conservative society with a dictatorial climate is a major influence on Yazdani’s studio practice. Her work references the suppression forced upon her family, friends, and classmates and explores the traces of trauma and grief as the natural consequence of a broken community under such political and cultural conditions.