About the Artist Review Panel

The artists forming the Artist Review Panel for the 2021 International Open Call are:
  • vanessa german (MF Installations in 20052017)
  • Sohrab Kashani (MF Installation in 2019)
  • Christopher Meerdo (MF Installation in 2016)
  • Sarah Oppenheimer (MF Installation in 2008)

About Vanesssa German

vanessa german, sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our. bodies., 2017 

vanessa german is a self-taught citizen artist working across sculpture, performance, communal rituals, immersive installation, and photography, in order to repair and reshape disrupted systems, spaces, and connections. german has been awarded the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the 2017 Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2018 United States Artist Grant and, most recently, the 2018 Don Tyson Prize from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the West Virginia University Museum, Everson Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, David C. Driskell Center, Snite Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. german’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Figge Art Museum, The Union for Contemporary Art, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Flint Institute of Arts, Mattress Factory, Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Studio Museum, Ringling Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

About Sohrab Kashani

Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin, The Other Apartment, 2019

Sohrab Kashani is an artist and curator based in Tehran whose work explores ideas of perception, reality, and identity. His work has been shown worldwide including in Tehran, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul with a recent two-person exhibition held at the Mattress Factory Museum and performances at Centre Pompidou in Paris. His upcoming collaborative project is a room-sized installation at a project space in Berlin representing an imaginary Iranian pharmacy that comprises displays filled with Iranian pharmaceuticals and medication packages, and a conversation platform. Kashani also takes on different identities such as the Museum of Sohrab, a home-museum comprising his personal collection of objects and memories, Super Sohrab, a superhero who every now and then attempts to fix local and global socio-political problems, and Sazmanab, an art collective and a former art space and residency programme in Tehran.

About Christopher Meerdo

Christopher Meerdo, Active Denial System, 2016

Christopher Meerdo is interested in the ways in which human and non-human technological visual systems maintain or subvert structures of power within the context of surveillance capitalism. He frequently employs expanded-photographic methodologies of data processing, image-synthesis, computational sculpture, and moving images.
Meerdo holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago, taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media at the University of North Texas. Recent exhibitions include Exgirlfriend Gallery, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina; and Synthesis Gallery, Berlin. He was an artist in residence at SIM Reykjavik and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Meerdo was most recently a fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands. He is represented by DOCUMENT Gallery, Chicago.

About Sarah Oppenheimer 

Sarah Oppenheimer, 610-3356, 2008

Sarah Oppenheimer is a New York City-based artist whose projects explore the articulations and experience of built space. Her work involves precise transformations of architecture that disrupt, subvert or shuffle visitors' visual and bodily experience. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Andy Warhol Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), Mudam (Luxembourg), Saint Louis Art Museum, the Mattress Factory, the Drawing Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Mass MoCA, Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland), Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Sculpture Center. She received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and awards from the Joan Mitchell, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Anonymous Was A Woman foundations, among others. She joined the Yale University faculty in 2003 and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking in 2005.