Samira Yamin

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Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.



M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Irvine


B.A., Studio Art, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Solo and Two-person Exhibitions


Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA


We Will Not Fail, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions


The Promise of Something and Nothing, Sonce Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Attunement, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

Object Object!!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA

The Cartographer, Charlie James Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

I see in the sea nothing except the sea… Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA


MENA/Viceroy, Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

BiennaleOnline, Global Grid Curated By Jan Hoet,

The Violent Bear it Away, Biola University Art Gallery, Biola University, La Mirada, CA


Meticulosity, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College, Los Angeles, CA


Vertigo, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

Nothing Comes From Nothing, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA

MFA 2011 Thesis Exhibition: Geometries, University Art Gallery, UCI, Irvine, CA


Ground Control, University Art Gallery, UCI, Irvine, CA


18th Annual Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation Conference Exhibition, University of Maryland, MD transform/nation, Ellipse Art Center, Washington D.C.


Does Religion Kill?, 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, CA

Stomping Ground: Young Women of Color Explore Homeland, Lucy Florence Cultural Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

Boroughs of Los Angeles, William Grant Still Center, Los Angeles, CA

Kinross High, New White Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Public Talks/ Interviews


Thrive on Live with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPostLive

Artist Talk, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Exhibiting Artist Panel Discussion, Camera Club Of New York, New York, NY, panelist

Politicized Aesthetics in the Work of Contemporary Iranian Artists, Iranian Studies Conference, SJSU, San Jose, CA, panelist

Artist talk, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

SWANA Collective with Sejal Patel, KPFK, radio interview


Artist Talk, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

“Pattern and Perception: Peter Shire, Samira Yamin and the Work of Miriam Wosk,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, panelist


Artist Talk, Headlands Center for the Arts

“Intervening on War Photography as a Means of Interrogating the Historical Document,” Middle East Studies Conference, CSUF, Fresno, CA, panelist

Radio Intifada, KPFK, Studio City, CA, radio interview


Social Activism and the Post Revolution Iranian Diaspora: Engaging the Global Landscape (Part II), CSU East Bay Conference on Afghan and Iranian Diaspora, CSUEB, Hayward, CA, panelist


Uprising with Sonali Kolhatkar, KPFK, Studio City, CA, radio interview



“A Heart-felt Interview About Art and Politics,” Sofie Axelsson, Journal 282


“Scotoma,” Mockingbird Magazine, Issue 3

“Scotoma,” Secret Behavior Magazine Issue 02

“Sacred Geometry,” Lindsay Preston. Zappas LA Canvas Magazine, editorial

“Samira Yamin,” B|Ta’arof Magazine, Issue 3

“Meditations in Longing,” Abe Ahn,, review

“Samira Yamin and The Craft of Consciousness,” Evan Senn, KCET ArtBound, editorial


The Violent Bear it Away: 12 Artists Consider Violence, Jeff Rau, exhibition catalog

“Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail”, Stephanie Sykes, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, review

“Highlights From Canvas Guide: Santa Monica,” Canvas Magazine, review

“Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail,” The Week Magazine, review

Artforum Critic’s Pick: Los Angeles, Carmen Winant,, review

“We Will Not Fail’ Meticulously Upends Mass Media Imagery,” Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, review


“Samira Yamin.” Grattan, Nikki and Klea McKenna,

Meticulosity, Otis College of Art and Design, exhibition catalog

Meticulosity’ Aims to Reconnect the Conceptual, Visual,” Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, review

“‘Meticulosity’ at Otis College of Art and Design,” Betty Ann Brown, Art Ltd., review


“What Remains,” Juli Carson, Nothing Comes From Nothing exhibition catalog essay


“Ground Control,” The New University, review

“Iranian Artists Bridge Cultures,” The Washington Post, review

“Transform/Nation: Ellipse Arts Center,” DCist, review

“Iranian Art Exhibit Aims to Defy Stereotypes,” Northern Virginia Magazine, review

“The Art of Resistance: Palestinian Public Art,” Clamor Magazine, Toledo, OH, artist publication.



Djerassi Resident Artists Program | Woodside, CA


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation | Captiva, FL


Headlands Center for the Arts | Sausalito, CA



Art Center Collge of Design, Visiting Faculty

Passion for Painting


California Institute of the Arts, Visiting Faculty

Benjamemes: Photography in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Independent Study


Otis College of Art and Design, Continuing Education

Introduction to Paper Cutting


University of California, Irvine, three quarters

Visual Cultures 1B: Reproduction

Independent Study Writing Workshop for grads and undergrads


University of California, Irvine, Teaching Assistant, four quarters

Artists as Writers

Theory of Contemporary Art

Myth of Media Violence