Fereshteh Toosi (they/them) is a learner and an artist of Iranian and Azeri ancestry, “dwelling in the English language.”* Their artworks pose questions and foster animistic connections through encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. Fereshteh lives and works in El Portal, Florida on stolen lands still stewarded by the Miccosukee and Seminole people, and previously by the Calusa and Tequesta tribal bands.

Fereshteh designs experiences that pose questions and foster animistic connections through encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. Their artwork involves documentary processes, oral history, and archival research. These projects are often augmented by audio, video, handmade electronics, and media transmissions. The live art events often take place outdoors in gardens, parks, and waterways. Immersive performances are produced in conjunction with small sculptures, short films, installations, scores, and poetry.

In 2021, Fereshteh is participating in the Montréal/Miami New Narratives Lab hosted by the National Film Board of Canada, O Cinema, MUTEK, and FilmGate Interactive. They also earned a Knight New Work 2020 award for their project Oil Ancestors, and a Miami Live Arts Lab Alliance residency to develop Metaphysical Hotline, a performance by telephone for an audience of one. Water Radio, a series of contemplative canoe and kayak outings, was supported by The Ellies Creator Award in 2018.

Fereshteh is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department of the College of Communication, Architecture, and the Arts at Florida International University.

* I have borrowed this phrase from artists Ali Ahadi and Babak Golkar‘s bio for their collaborative project the Alibaba Conundrum.

Link to CV

Contact Fereshteh at ftoosi-at-gmail.com