Sanaz Mazinani

Sanaz Mazinani (b. 1978, Iran) works primarily in photography, video, and large-scale installations. Her practice explores the relationship between perception and representation, in response to site, sight and insight, especially in relation to digital culture.


She obtained her undergraduate degree in photography from the Ontario College of Art & Design University, and an MFA from Stanford University where her research focused on the study of digital photographic propagation and its impact on representation and perception. Mazinani has participated in worldwide exhibitions including Screen and Décor, Southern Alberta Art Gallery; Threshold, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Ones and Zeroes, di Rosa Museum, Napa; Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, Dubai; Image Reality, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; and Twisted Sisters: Reimaging Urban Portraiture, Museum Bärengasse, Zürich.


Mazinani’s artwork has been written about in Artforum, Flash Art, artnet News, Border Crossings, NOW Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Vice’s Creators Project. She has recently received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, and completed a major public piece titled, U.S.A.I.R.A.N. commissioned by Out of the Box Projects in affiliation with the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities.