Rosha Yaghmai: Drifters

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce Drifters a solo exhibition featuring Rosha Yaghmai on view from October 23, 2021 - January 9, 2022.

Rosha Yaghmai (b. 1978, Santa Monica, CA, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles. Through a sculptural practice that melds industrial and craft processes, Yaghmai’s work utilizes these provocations to alter the familiar. She uses materials such as silicon and resin for their skin-like translucency and bodily, fleshy quality. Yaghmai contrasts this softness with hard mediums like cast plaster or fiberglass to contradict the expected. Her work, in exhibition form, often takes shape as an assemblage of fragmented objects that evoke an environment of estrangement. Yaghmai is most interested in exploring themes of the psychedelic that includes feelings of transcendence and otherness. Using architectural structures like gates, doorways, courtyard walls, she hopes to push the feeling of passing through, telepathic transformation or metamorphosis. Yaghmai was the subject of a solo exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in January 2019. She was also included in the 2018 iteration of Made in LA at the Hammer Museum.

Rosha Yaghmai: Drifters is curated by Alexandra Terry, Chief Curator, MCASB.


Generous support for Rosha Yaghmai:
Drifters is provided by Kayne Griffin Gallery, MCASB Board of Trustees, MCASB Visionaries, and Paseo Nuevo.

This project was made possible thanks to Anabella Acevedo, Avila Builders Inc., Paige Baldwinson, Barba Property Management, Bradley Brown, Eric Chirnside, Alexandra Cole, Sarah Dildine, Jackson Ebbin, Emily Engel, Maddy Galas, David Gutierrez, Arturo Heredia Soto, Joey Jenkins, Saehee Jong, Sarah Klein, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Kendyl Kring, Lisa Lloyd, Laura Macker Johnston, Davin Mantell, Marni Margerum, Matthew Mehi, Izzy Mondragon, Giuliana Mottin-Mitchum, Monica Nouwens, Manuela Pelaez Bassan, Debby Peterson, Pecos Pryor, PIP Printing, Maria Redón, Crosby Slaught, Alexandra Terry, Topa Topa Brewing Company, Val-Mar Records, James Von Essen, and Max Wheeler.


  • October 23, 2021 - January 9, 2022


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