Residency Unlimited

Hoda Kashiha

Hoda Kashiha, "In appreciation of blinking", 2021, acrylic on canvas on the steel structure. Photo credit ©Dawn Blackman. Courtesy: Nathalie Obadia gallery

Artist Name: Hoda Kashiha
Residency Dates: February – April 2024
Born: 1986
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Lives & Works: Tehran, Iran
URL: Instagram: @hodakashiha
Gallery: Nathalie Obadia Gallery | Dastan Gallery
2014 | MFA in Painting, Boston University
2009 | BA in Painting, University of Tehran


Hoda Kashiha’s works address sensitive subjects in the complex socio-political climate of her country such as identity, femininity and gender issues. Depicting struggle, suppression and hostility that is tempered by humor shapes her works, and are like fragmented images and objects which are mixed with poetry that constantly move from the real to the fantasy, from figuration to abstraction.

Kashiha’s work has been widely exhibited in Iran, the United States and Europe. Select solo exhibitions include: Another world is waiting for us at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels (2023); In Appreciation of Blinking at Parallel Circuit, Tehran (2021); I’m Here, I’m Not Here at Passerelle Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brest (2022). Notable group exhibitions include: 100 Years, a collaborative group exhibition by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch at Miami Art Week (2022); Dogtooth at Helena Anrather, New York (2022); Vacation at Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai (2021); City Prince/sses at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019); Human Condition at the former Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Los Angeles (2016).

The artist is featured in an interview “How I became an artist: Hoda Kashiha”, published by Art Basel in 2023. She is also featured in Art in America (2022), FAD magazine (2022), Frieze (2022) and Artforum (2022). Kashiha has won numerous awards including the MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Peterborough and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant from Vermont Studio Center in 2015, and the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award from Boston University College of Fine Arts in 2014.

Click below to watch Hoda’s RU Voices interview on Instagram.

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