Shabnam Jannesari is an Iranian artist who received her MFA with distinction in Studio Art at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She exhibited her work in the United States and abroad. Most recently she had a solo exhibition, The Ribbons of Space, at Hastings College, NE as well as, The Carpet Grew Like a Garden, in Cambridge, MA. She participated in the group exhibition Narrative Imperative in Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at University of Connecticut Avery point, Domestic State in Beard and Weil Gallery at Wheaton College, MA and Crossing Cultures at A.P.E Gallery, Northampton, MA. Her paintings and drawings have recently been acquired by Fidelity’s Corporate Collection as well as the University of Massachusetts School of Law. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Art Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada (2020). She incorporates both drawing and painting to explore the memories and nostalgia of distant intimacies in her life through narrative. She illuminates the plight of the Iranian woman – censored by an overreaching patriarchy. Jannesari’s paintings expresses her personal story, but they also reflect on the life of suppressed Iranian women in general. Jannesari carefully composes the figures in which empowers the complex reality of Iranian female identity.