Fahimeh Vahdat is an Iranian American Mixed Media Installation / Performance artist, Women & Children / Human Rights Activist living in the Greater Baltimore / Washington DC region. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards including the 2020 Maryland State Individual Artist grant, the 2018 Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Rubys project grant, the NEA Regional and Puffin Foundation grant for a collaborative stage work for a play. In 2022, she was nominated for the Anonymous Was a Woman Award and was one of the six finalists in the Inter-and Multi-Disciplinary Art category at the Baker Artist Award, 2022.
Vahdat has exhibited her work nationally and internationally recently at Arlington Art Center, Irving Art Center, Yinchuan Art Museum, China, Cultural Art Center in Argentina, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the University of Italy in Naples to name a few.
Among other professional engagement within the community, Vahdat is involve with Amnesty International, Change.org and the Howard County Human Rights office in Columbia. Her art addresses a wide range of human rights issues, including violence against women and children especially domestic violence, and the prison system, particularly in the US and Iran.
Vahdat has been a visiting artist at various residencies, including the national Printmaking Residency at MIAD in Milwaukee, 2022 and the Printmaker Residency in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2019. She has also been a Wampler Eminent Visiting Artist/Scholar at James Madison University and a yearlong artist-in-residence at RedLine Milwaukee, where the intersection of art and social justice meet.
Social activism on violence against women and girls especially the human rights violation in Iran has become a part of Vahdat’s artmaking process and teaching after completing her art education in USA some thirty years ago and has become an intense focus in her artistic growth. Vahdat views activism in her art as an important tool to form social consciousness and to encourage community and public participation for positive change.
Multi-mixed media installation such as “Sacred Crossings” is a researched-based large body of work that attests to the sever violation of human rights in Iran on torture and execution of innocent Baha’is for not recanting their faith. Among them were two of my uncles and my 32-year-old cousin who was a volunteered nurse in rural Shiraz. The recent women led uprising in Iran that was ignited by women, life, freedom slogan has opened ground for street protest art, performances, and collaborative art with the public in DC area. A mural for the Women-led uprising in Iran after the death of Masha Amini, 22, by the morality police in Tehran for improperly wearing her hijab is at its researched stages in Baltimore, MD.