Samira Yamin

Born 1983, Evanston, IL
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

2011 M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Irvine
2006 B.A., Studio Art, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles


All the Skies Over Syria, PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL

Passing Obliquely From One Medium Into Another, PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL

Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

We Will Not Fail, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Geometries, University Art Gallery, UCI, Irvine, CA

the body is a blade (that sharpens by cutting),Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

To View a Plastic Flower, Los Angeles Municipal Art Galley, Los Angeles, CA
Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Selections from the Rose Collection, 1933–2018, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Made in Asian America, Art Salon Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Names Printed in Black, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Mis (Missing) Information, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) 2018, Skylight Clarkson Square, New York, NY

Static, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
In Accuracy, UnSmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock, PA
ELEMENTAL | Marking Time, Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, CA
We: Visual Reflections of the American Experiment, Darling Library, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Focus Group, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Paratextual, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Presence: Reflections on the Middle East, Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Anthony Lepore | Samira Yamin, Chan Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Aftermath: Resonance of War, Displacement and Loss, SAC Arts at the Santora Building, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
9/11: 15 Years, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

The Promise of Something and Nothing, Sonce Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Attunement, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Object Object!!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
The Cartographer, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
I see in the sea nothing except the sea… Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

MENA/Viceroy, Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
BiennaleOnline, Global Grid Curated By Jan Hoet,
The Violent Bear it Away, Biola University Art Gallery, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

Meticulosity, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College, Los Angeles, CA

Vertigo, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Nothing Comes From Nothing, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA
MFA 2011 Thesis Exhibition: Geometries, University Art Gallery, UCI, Irvine, CA

Ground Control, University Art Gallery, UCI, Irvine, CA

18th Annual Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation Conference Exhibition, University of Maryland, MD
transform/nation, Ellipse Art Center, Washington D.C.

Does Religion Kill?, 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA
Stomping Ground: Young Women of Color Explore Homeland, Lucy Florence Cultural Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
Boroughs of Los Angeles, William Grant Still Center, Los Angeles, CA
Kinross High, New White Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Davis, Genie, “LACE Emerging Curators Program: Names Printed in Black,” Art and Cake, review

Seikaly, Roula, “At SFSU, Looking and Truly Seeing the Middle East Through Art,” KQED Arts, review
Curiel, Jonathan, “Windows on the World,” SFWeekly, review
Paglia, Michael, “Presence: Reflections on the Middle East Takes You Over There,”, review
Jenkins, Rupert, “At CVA: Beyond the news bubble, a personal kind of Mid East politics,”, review
Froyd, Susan, “Presence: Reflections on the Middle East Blends Beauty and Culture Shock at CVA,”, review
Vaccerelli, Joe, “Timliness, art collide at Metro State exhibit about the Middle East,” Denver Post, review
Smarr, Mady, “Photo Exhibit Explores Middle East Culture,” The Metropolitan, review
Harezlak, Ann, The Promise of Something and Nothing, exhibition catalog
O’Brien, Heather, i see in the sea nothing except the sea. i don’t see a shore. i don’t see a dove, exhibition publication
Axelsson, Sophie, “A Heart-felt Interview About Art and Politics,” Journal 282

“Scotoma,” Mockingbird Magazine, Issue 3
“Scotoma,” Secret Behavior Magazine Issue 02
Zappas, Lindsay Preston,“Sacred Geometry,” LA Canvas Magazine, editorial
“Samira Yamin,” B|Ta’arof Magazine, Issue 3, contributor
Ahn, Abe, “Meditations in Longing,”, review
Senn, Evan, “Samira Yamin and The Craft of Consciousness,” KCET ArtBound, editorial
Rau, Jeff, The Violent Bear it Away: 12 Artists Consider Violence, exhibition catalog
Sykes, Stephanie, “Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail,” Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, review
“Highlights From Canvas Guide: Santa Monica,” Canvas Magazine, review
“Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail,” The Week Magazine, review
Winant, Carmen, Artforum Critic’s Pick: Los Angeles,, review
Knight, Christopher, “We Will Not Fail’ Meticulously Upends Mass Media Imagery,” Los Angeles Times, review

Grattan, Nikki and Klea McKenna “Samira Yamin,”
Meticulosity, Otis College of Art and Design, exhibition catalog
Ollman, Leah, “’Meticulosity’ Aims to Reconnect the Conceptual, Visual,” Los Angeles Times, review
Brown, Betty Ann, “‘Meticulosity’ at Otis College of Art and Design,” Art Ltd., review

Carson, Juli, “What Remains,” Nothing Comes From Nothing exhibition catalog essay

Aranda, Rebecca, “Ground Control,” The New University, review
Bahrampour, Tara, “Iranian Artists Bridge Cultures,” The Washington Post, review
Anderson, John James, “Transform/Nation: Ellipse Arts Center,” DCist, review
Sloan, Willona, “Iranian Art Exhibit Aims to Defy Stereotypes,” Northern Virginia Magazine, review
“The Art of Resistance: Palestinian Public Art,” Clamor Magazine, Toledo, OH, contributor

Artist in Residence Presentation, Penumbra Foundation, New York, NY
Visiting Artist Lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Conversation with Yasmine Diaz, Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA
Memory + Erasure, exhibiting artists panel, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhbitions, Los Angeles, CA

Conversation with Umar Rashid, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Loyola College, Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of California, Irvine, CA
“Breaking News: Arpad Kovasc and Rebecca Morse in Coversation with Carter Mull and Samira Yamin,” Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA, panelist

Visiting Artist Lecture, California State University Fullerton, CA
Conversation with Gina Osterloh, The People Radio, Los Angeles, CA
Artist Talk, Analog Dissident, Los Angeles, CA
Thrive on Live with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPostLive
Visiting Artist Lecture, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Exhibiting Artist Panel Discussion, Camera Club Of New York, NY, panelist
Politicized Aesthetics in the Work of Contemporary Iranian Artists, Iranian Studies Conference, SJSU, San Jose, CA, panelist
Artist talk, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
SWANA Collective with Sejal Patel, KPFK, radio interview

Artist Talk, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
”Pattern and Perception: Peter Shire, Samira Yamin and the Work of Miriam Wosk,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, panelist

Artist Talk, Headlands Center for the Arts
“Intervening on War Photography as a Means of Interrogating the Historical Document,” Middle East Studies Conference, CSUF, Fresno, CA, panelist
Radio Intifada, KPFK, Studio City, CA, radio interview
2009 Social Activism and the Post Revolution Iranian Diaspora: Engaging the Global Landscape (Part II), CSU East Bay Conference on Afghan and Iranian Diaspora, CSUEB, Hayward, CA, panelist

Uprising with Sonali Kolhatkar, KPFK, Studio City, CA, radio interview

Penumbra Foundation Work Space Program | United States

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Alumni Residency | Captiva, FL

Djerassi Resident Artists Program | Woodside, CA

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation | Captiva, FL

Headlands Center for the Arts | Sausalito, CA

2017- California Community Foundation | Visual Artist Fellowship
2016 - Joan Mitchell Foundation | Painters and Sculptors Grant

The Rose Art Musuem, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Lens Acquisition, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA