Soody Sharifi is an Iranian/American artist based in Houston. Her work primarily deals with the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in living between two cultures. In many of her series, she has explored the notion of identity and what it means to participate in two cultures from both an outsider’s and an insider’s perspective. From her Maxiatures to Persian Delights, she investigates the emerging concept of self-identity in Moslem youth from the Middle East and the US and specifically, how they accommodate modernity and the indulgences of exploration within an otherwise traditional society.
A 2011 Jameel Prize nominee, Soody Sharifi has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2004, including the Baku Biennial, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Museum of fine arts, Portland, and Farjam Collection, Sharjah museum of art, united Arab Emirates.