Artists in Conversation and Exhibition Closing Reception
Shaghayegh Cyrous and Renée Rhodes

Moderated by Royal NoneSuch co-director and curator, Christina Wiles

Friday, April 20, 2018, 7 pm

Renée Rhodes,  Incorporations II , 2018 (still), single-channel HD video

Renée Rhodes, Incorporations II, 2018 (still), single-channel HD video

Please join us  for a lively conversation with artists Shaghayegh Cyrous and Renée Rhodes. Each artist will speak about their work and together we'll discuss the influence of technology on our contemporary experience of place, home, and belonging. Drinks and snacks will be served. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Over Here Not Yet, on view at Royal NoneSuch Gallery through April 22, 2018. 

Shaghayegh Cyrous (b. Tehran, Iran, 1987) moved to San Francisco in 2011. Since then, her work has dealt with the experience of cross-cultural communication and translation, addressing predicaments of estrangement and distance caused by political and cultural power dynamics. Cyrous is interested in the critical role digital media plays in the lives of exiles and immigrants. She has exhibited work at venues including Tehran East Art Gallery (Tehran), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), For-Site Foundation (San Francisco), and SOMArts (San Francisco). In 2017 Cyrous presented work in conjunction with Escuela de Arte Útil at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Cyrous holds an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2017) and a BA in Visual Art from the University of Science and Culture, Tehran (2010).

Renée Rhodes (b. Largo, Florida, 1984) makes performative walking tours, crowd-sourced memories of lost landscapes, and somatic practices for humans looking to understand their place in nature. Her interdisciplinary practice includes video, performance, installation, and writing. She has shared work at venues including B_Tour Festival (Berlin), 48 Stunden Neukölln (Berlin), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art (Napa), Soil Gallery (Seattle), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and the Virtual Venues Symposium at University of California, Berkeley. Rhodes was awarded a residency at Signal Fire Residency, and in 2015-16 she was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts. Rhodes holds an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute (2011) and a BFA in Electronic Inter-Media from the University of Florida, Gainesville (2006).