Katayoun Amjadi is an Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based artist, educator and independent curator. In her artworks, she often considers the social systems that continually construct the binaries which shape our perceptions of Self and Other, such as religion, gender, politics and nationalist ideologies. Katayoun is interested in blurring these boundaries and create a balanced hybrid style both in life and art. Her art is an attempt to understand the relationship between past and present, tradition and modernity, and individual versus collective identity, as well as to spur discussion about our understanding of time and the tangled roots of our histories. She holds an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches as faculty of art at Normandale Community College. Her work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Minnesota Museum of American Arts, Rochester Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, South Dakota Museum of Art, The Soap Factory, Saint Thomas University, Public Functionary, Beijing Film Academy, Karlsruhe Art Academy and Haft Samar Art Gallery in Tehran. Katayoun is a 20/21 MCAD-Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow and recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for fiscal years 2015 and 2019.
In conversations with:
- Erik Tormoen, “Pomegranates, Chickens, and Toilet Brushes: The Bold Art of Katayoun Amjadi.” Minnesota Monthly magazine, 25 April 2019.
- Kate Drakulic, “In Studio with Katayoun Amjadi,” N Studio Magazine, org, Fall 2018.
- Jacob Van Blarcom, “Karlsruhe Academy Exchange: On Names and Transition,” University of Minnesota Art Department, 28 December 2018.
- Susannah Schouweiler, “Reconciling a Hyphenated Identity,” org, 3 June 2016.