Refractions: Solmaz Sharif & Negar Azimi

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Join us for a series of in-person conversation-based readings, artist talks, and performances that position artists in the 58th Carnegie International in conversation with people across disciplines, practice, and geography. Designed to expand the context and experience of the exhibition, these live conversations will ignite the imagination with language, music, histories, cultural reflection, personal narratives, and more. Free, museum admission not required. Registration is encouraged, please register below.

About the speakers:

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of Customs (Graywolf Press, 2022) and Look (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, the New York Times, and others. Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation, and Stanford University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where she is inaugurating a Poetry for the People program.

Negar Azimi is a writer and the senior editor of Bidoun, an award-winning magazine and curatorial project with a focus on the Middle East and its diasporas. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Harper's,, and The New York Times Magazine, among other venues. In 2014-2015, she was fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She is also a recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation's Arts Writers Grant.

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