Fereshteh ToosiIR/USFlorida International University
Fereshteh Toosi (they/them) is an artist of Iranian and Azeri ancestry whose projects foster animistic connections through encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry. Fereshteh lives and works in Miami, Florida on stolen lands still stewarded by the Miccosukee and Seminole people, and previously by the Calusa and Tequesta tribal bands. Toosi earned The Ellies Creator Award in 2018 for Water Radio, a series of contemplative canoe and kayak outings. They are currently participating in the Montréal/Miami New Narratives Lab hosted by the National Film Board of Canada, O Cinema, MUTEK, and FilmGate Interactive. They also earned a Knight New Work 2020 award and a Miami Live Arts Lab Alliance residency (2020-2021) to develop Metaphysical Hotline, a performance by telephone for an audience of one. Toosi is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department of the College of Communication, Architecture, and the Arts at Florida International University.