Visiting Assistant Professor
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MFA, Art and Technology Studies, School of Art Institute of Chicago
Research Areas: Bio Art, Interactive Art, Performance Art, AR, VR
Sara Niroobakhsh; born in 1981, is an Iranian-born Canadian-based artist currently a visiting assistant art professor in the Interactive Media program at New York University Abu Dhabi. Working primarily at the intersection of body, science, technology, and new media that engage the globalizing feminine psyche, she has spent the last decade experimenting with a variety of multimedia projects involving living tissue, chemistry, virtual reality, and performance. Her recent artist residences in the Odin Bio Lab in Austin, Royal Astronomical Society in London, Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Center at York University in Toronto, and Elizabeth Foundation for Arts in New York have borne fruit in addressing necessary inclusions in any context devoted to experimental and technological art. She is the recipient of the Explore and Creates Research and Creation grant from Canada Council for the Arts, Canada for her project “Saffran Diary” in 2020 and the Visual Artists Creation Project from Ontario Art Council in 2018 for her project “Zaghareet”. Her work is presented around the world in different museums and public art venues such as the Czech China Contemporary Art Museum in Beijing, South Korea’s CICA Museum, Spartanburg Art Museum in the U.S, and Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery in Canada, and has been featured in many publications and TV channels such as BBC and Voice of America. She holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Illustration from Tehran University of Art.