Semco Salehi (b.1983, Tehran, Iran) is a multidisciplinary artist now based in Toronto. His practice centres on film and phototaxis, to explore the multi-faceted aspects of the human condition. He is particularly interested in the ever-changing narratives of identity politics, social and cultural evolutions. In 2007, Salehi was awarded a B.A in Theatre from the Faculty of Art and Architecture from The Azad University of Tehran. He received a Diploma from Tehran Film School in 2009.
Salehi’s practice spans site-specific video installations, photography, film and printmaking. In 2010, he exhibited Di-Gi Zoorkhoone, a video installation, in his first solo exhibitionin Tehran. His short film, Clonazepam,made its international debut at the short film section of The Cannes International Film Festival. It was subsequently shown in Greece, Finland, Italy, Toronto and Scarborough between 2009 – 2011. Since then, Salehi’s work has been exhibited at Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2011. 2012 and 2014, and Los Angeles, 2016.
Salehi considers his practice as a bridge between humans, a medium that unites, records and showcases fragments of thoughts, feelings and memories like a journal. His current work focuses on migration, displacement, culture and how this affects one’s ego.