Heike Liss & Thea Farhadian (USA)

Heike Liss and Thea Farhadian
participants in
VAD – Video Art Database
SFC – Shoah Film Collection 2010

Thea Farhadian is an interdisciplinary artist and performer based in the Bay Area. Her work has been seen internationally at venues which include the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, the Alternative Museum and Issue Project Room in New York City, Raumschiff Zitrone in Berlin, and the International Women’s Electroacoustic Listening Room Project in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. In 2002, she co-founded the Armenian Film Festival in New York City and currently is one of the curators for the film festival in San Francisco.
Thea studied Arabic classical music in New York City and in Cairo, Egypt. She has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College. She was a lecturer in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

German born artist Heike Liss studied Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen, and Fine Art at Mills College in Oakland, California. She works in a variety of media, including video, photography and site-specific installation and intervention. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Europe and Canada, as well as in North and South America. As a video curator she has acted for galleries and museums including The Lab, San Francisco, Fluctuating Images, Stuttgart, and the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg. She is the recipient of awards from, among others, San Francisco Arts Commission, The Photography Institute (TPI), New York City, Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab (EMA), Texas Women’s University and, most recently, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley. Heike Liss lives in California with her family.