Bloom Projects: Afruz Amighi, Suspended City

Afruz Amighi will create an on-site sculptural installation, which highlights the often ignored and unmonumental architecture of poverty and desperation. Drawing inspiration from the ever-expanding landscape of refugee camps that dot Middle East borders with make-shift tents, Amighi represents these structures as large graphite drawings. Hovering in space, in a realm of permanent dislocation, these drawings are suspended beneath a night sky with stars arranged in the Kufic Arabic script to spell outsurah, the Quranic word for solace.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Afruz Amighi received a BA in Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY, and an MFA from New York University, New York, NY. A New York resident, she has completed a residency program at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and was selected for the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art Emerge Program in collaboration with Creative Capital. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY.

Special Thanks to:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY, Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund, Santa Barbara, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent, CA; Santa Barbara News-Press, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.

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