6/26/17 The Art Writer’s Tiny Residency, Sara Memeni

Open Writer’s Studio with Sara Mameni

The Art Writer’s Tiny Residency is aimed to support and cultivate critics, theorists, and historians working in or around the field of contemporary art. This project showcases writers who explore and engage post-1960s art practices by queer artists and artists of color that open up new forms of knowledges and sociality. Each residency culminates in an Open Writer’s Studio, where the writer-in-residence will present their work to the public.

Please join us for our first Open Studio event with Sara Mameni on Monday, June 26th at 6:00 pm. 160 NE 31st Street. Portland, Oregon 97232.


Sara Mameni received her PhD in Art History from UC San Diego in 2015 and was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2016/2017. She is faculty in the school of Critical Studies at CalArts as of Fall 2017. Her specialization is contemporary art in the middle-east and the diaspora with a focus on gender and sexual practices in Iranian art and cinema. Her current research focuses on biopolitics and racial discourse, post humanism and the geo-ecological age of petroleum. She has published articles in Al-Raida Journal, Women & Performance, Fuse Magazine, Fillip Review, Canadian Art and written for exhibition catalogues in Dubai, Sharjah and Istanbul. She curated the exhibition “Snail Fever” at the Third Line Gallery in Dubai. She is currently working on her book project titled, On Persian Blues: Queer Bodies, Racial Affects.

The Art Writer’s Tiny Residency is organized by Sampada Aranke and Peter Simensky and funded by generous grants from:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Art

The Precipice Fund, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

The Calligram Foundation