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Shiva Ahmadi

Shiva Ahmadi is an artist whose practice borrows from the artistic traditions of Iran and the Middle East to critically examine global political tensions and social concerns. Having come of age in the tumultuous years following the Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, Ahmadi moved to the United States in 1998 and has been based in California since 2015. In 2016, Ahmadi was awarded the "Anonymous Was a Woman" Award and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis. Her work is in the permanent collection of Asia Society Museum.