Saghi Ehteshamzadeh (b. 1995, Tehran) is a queer interdisciplinary Vancouver-based artist whose practice encompasses cinema, visual art, video art, editing, and directing. Holding a Bachelor of Cinema Studies from the Art University of Tehran and recently graduating from Capilano University's Arts and Entertainment Management Program in North Vancouver, Saghi's diverse artistic background informs their creative endeavours.
Saghi's video art series, 'The Journal,' offers a personal exploration of our futuristic nostalgia era. The first part of this series earned them the Best Screenlife award at the Small File Festival 2022 in Vancouver. Additionally, they directed 'Haft Khan' (The Seven Labors), a video documentation showcasing the collaboration process for the exhibition "The Story was the History" at Tehran's Teer Art Festival in 2019.
In September 2022, Saghi presented their multi-disciplinary art show, "A Journey Through Scoliosis," at the Penticton Gallery in BC. This exhibition delves into themes of body positivity and overcoming disabilities.
In their most recent unpublished series called 'My Femininity Grows,' Saghi reconciles with their femininity after years of living under the oppression of the Iranian regime. Saghi is deeply committed to using art as a form of activism and raising awareness about the plight of women in Iran. They facilitated a talk at the "Catalyst: Art as Activism" conference at Capilano University in 2022, shedding light on how art has become an integral part of the ongoing female-led revolution in Iran.
Beyond their artistic pursuits, Saghi has held positions such as Director of International Affairs at the 13th Nahal International Short Film Festival in Tehran and Assistant Manager at E1 Gallery. They also worked as the Exhibitions Manager at North Van Arts and currently serve as the Curatorial Assistant at the Centre of International Contemporary Art (CICA) in Vancouver.
Through their multifaceted artistic practice, Saghi Ehteshamzadeh explores personal and societal themes, combining their passion for cinema, visual art, video art, editing, and activism to create impactful and thought-provoking works.