Sofi Basseghi – Curriculum Vitae

Lives and works, Melbourne, Australia



Sofi Basseghi is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2007 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and pursued further graduate studies in directing in 2011 at the Victorian College of the Arts school of Film and Television. Her award winning films, photographs and video work have been exhibited at internationally acclaimed venues and galleries including West Space, The Substation, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

Her work is based predominantly on real and fictitious stories born of experiences arising from the complexities of the cultural, religious and social climate people find themselves in. Her desire to cross inflicted boundaries and question cultural and traditional mores is evident in her work.

She is currently a PhD (Art) candidate at RMIT University where her practice-based research uses photography, documentary and video art practices as tools to express narratives revealing an image of contemporary female Iranian rebellion.

Sofi serves on the Board of West Space and she is a committee member on the Arts Advisory Committee at Manningham Council.



2014-current Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, VIC [Recipient of the Australian Post Graduate Award]
2011 Graduate Diploma (Narrative), Film & Television, VCA, Melbourne, VIC
2006-2007 Master of Fine Art, RMIT, Melbourne, VIC
2002-2005 Bachelor of Media Arts, Honours, [First Class], RMIT, Melbourne, VIC



Solo Exhibitions

2016 West Space Gallery, Rebellious Fragments, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation
2016 Blindside Gallery, Ascending Voices, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation
2009 Shirin Gallery,Sayeh Saran (Conversations with History), Tehran, Iran, Photographic

69 Smith Street Gallery,Salt on Slugs, Abbotsford, Australia, Mixed Media

69 Smith Street Gallery, Turmoil, Abbotsford, Australia, Photographic

Selected Group Exhibitions


September 28th – ‘Bowness Prize’, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia
September 22nd – ‘The Family Mantle’, Curated by Pia Johnson Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne,Australia, Mixed Media
March 29th – ‘Cultural Crossroads’, Curated by Vanessa Godden John The Aurora Picture Show, Houston,USA, Video
March 22nd - ‘Hyphenated’, Curated by Tammy Wong Hulbert and Phuong Ngo, The Substation, Melbourne,Australia, Video Installation
Feb 21st – ‘Conspicuous Presence’, Curated by Caroline Phillips and the Women’s Art Register, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, Australia, Video and Photographic


‘Visionary Art Show’, Palazzo Vernazza Castromediano, Lecce, Italy, Video
‘Identity Intersection’, Curated by Tassia Joannides, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation
‘The Lines In Between’, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation
‘Light Works’, MLC Common Ground Exhibition Space, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic
‘Turtles all the way down’, King’s Leap Gallery, NY, USA, Video


‘Museum of International Connectivity’, The Dirty Dozen, Curated by Dr Phil Edwards
Morgan Court public art boxes installation in collaboration with Dr Phil Edwards for the City of Moreland, Glenroy, Australia, Mixed Media Installation


Incinerator Art Award Finalist’s Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Video

Primo Piano Gallery, In a Pink Room, Lecce, Italy, Photographic
Primo Piano Gallery, Blue Saphire, Lecce, Italy, Photographic
Primo Piano Gallery, Red Luxury, Lecce, Italy, Photographic


Moonee Art Space, MooneeFest Residency, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic

Primo Piano Gallery, ‘Imaginary’Lecce, Italy, Video Installation

Primo Piano Gallery, ‘Urban Storytellers,Lecce Italy, Video Installation

2013  Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Shoot it Out. On the Silk Road, Rome, Italy, Short Film
Queensland Multicultural Week Inaugural Film Festival 2013, Brisbane, Australia, Short Film
‘Head On’, Photo Festival and Portrait Prize, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Photographic
Primo Piano Gallery, ‘Regeneration’, Lecce, Italy, Video Installation

Kings ARI, ‘Icons’, Melbourne, Australia, Photography and Video Installation Shirin Gallery, Crucifixion, Tehran, Iran, Photographic

Ionian International Digital Film Festival (IIDFF), Lefkas, Greece, Short Film

Iranian Film Festival Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia, Short Film

Brantford Film Festival, Brantford, Canada, Short Film

2011 Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), VCA Graduate Screenings, Melbourne, Australia, Short Film
2008 Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Hatched 2008, Perth, Australia, Photographic Blindside Gallery, Humming a New Diaspora, Melbourne, Australia, Video Installation

Scala Theatre, Directors Lounge 2008, Berlin, Video

69 Smith Street Gallery, Voyeur One, Abbotsford, Australia, Video Installation


The Horse Bazaar, Show Me Yours, Melbourne, VIC; this exhibition was curated by myself and Abina Manning, Associate Director of the Video Data Bank, Chicago, Video

Seventh Gallery, A Portrait of Salote Tawale, Fitzroy, Australia, Photographic


69 Smith St Gallery, The Cherrypickers, RMIT Honours Show, Abbotsford, Australia, Video Installation

TekniKunst Contemporary Technology Festival, RMIT Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, Video


Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Persian Gardens Ancient Wisdom New Vision

Exhibition, Tehran, Iran, Video Installation

Smyrnios Gallery, Michka, Graduate Exhibition, Prahran, Australia, Photographic St Vincent’s Hospital, Keith Project, Melbourne, Australia, Video

2003  First Site Gallery, We Call This Paradise, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic
Loop Bar, Adrift, Melbourne, Australia, Video

First Site Gallery, Static, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic

4 Cats Gallery, Chador, Abbotsford, Australia, Photographic



2015 Artists Incubator Glenroy, Melbourne, Australia (
Moonee Art Space, MooneeFest Residency, Melbourne, Australia, Photographic


2016-current Triple F+ Collective (


2014 Australian Rationalist Magazine 

Conferences/Symposiums/Panel Discussions


5-8th December – AAANZ 2018 conference Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art Panel member with Tammy Wong Hulbert and Rhett D’Costa

28th March - CAST Out loud: Artists from the Hyphenated Exhibition Panel Discussion at RMIT University


Identity Intersection, Women, Art and Cultural Perspectives

Counihan Gallery


The Persian Prospect

Centre for Art Society and Transformation (CAST) – RMIT University


The Social Response (a Dialogue around Art and Social Engagement)

Centre for Art Society and Transformation (CAST) – RMIT University


Honours and Awards

2018 Bowness Prize Finalist, Monash Gallery of Art
2015 Incinerator Art Award Finalist - Art for Social Change
2014 RMIT PhD Scholarship
2013 Film Award – ‘The Orchard’- First prize at the Queensland Multicultural Film Festival
2012 Film Award – ‘The Orchard’- Best Short Film, Best Script, Best Editing and Best Cinematography in a Short film at the Ionian International Digital Film Festival – Greece
2008 Selected to participate in Hatched 08 an exhibition of works by top students from top Australian Universities at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
2005 First Class Honours Degree
2004 Member of Golden Key International Honour Society

Media Interviews

2015 Syn Media Art Smitten - A correspondence with Sofi Basseghi & Hannah Nowlan: Incinerator Art Award Finalists

Meanjin online magazine - A correspondence with Sofi Basseghi

3ZZZ Community Radio Interviewing Sofi Basseghi

2007  Interviewing Sofi Basseghi SBS Radio – World View Program: Losing the treasures of Persian culture 
SBS Radio – World View Program - Losing the treasures of Persian culture
SBS Radio – Persian Service - Interview with Sofi Basseghi

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