Raised in Tehran, Iran, and living and working in San Francisco, Taraneh Hemami continues to explore themes of displacement, preservation and representation in her collective and curatorial projects, creating connections through experimental projects between artists, writers and scholars. She has been awarded a Creative Work Fund (2000), a Visions for the New California (2004), Kala Fellowship (2007), a Eureka Fellowship Award (2012), a Creative Capital (2012), an Artistic Innovation grant from Center for Cultural Innovation (2012), and a Community Stories award from California Council of the Humanities (2013). She has guest-curated Theory of Survival at BAN 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008), One Day: a Collective Narrative of Tehran at Intersection for the Arts (2009), In the Currents, at Kearny Street Workshops (2012), Time after Time, at Southern Exposure (2010), and Fabrications at Southern Exposure (2014). Bulletin, a Theory of Survival publication was recently published by Arts at CIIS (2015). She teaches at California College of the Arts.