October 13, 2023 to December 16, 2023

Transcending Physicality: The Essence of Place

An exhibition featuring 14 artists exploring the intricate relationship between people and spaces

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Main Gallery is pleased to present Transcending Physicality: The Essence of Place, a group exhibition curated by artist and educator Minoosh Zomorodinia that explores the complicated concept of "place" and the interplay of relationships and interactions that shape and define places. 

Transcending Physicality recognizes that place extends beyond mere physicality, encompassing narratives, histories, and emotions. Through the work of fourteen artists, the exhibition aims to illustrate the multifaceted dimensions that contribute to the essence of a place.  

“I wanted to create an exhibition to explore and interpret the concept of place from the viewpoint of artists from different backgrounds,” states exhibition curator Minoosh Zomorodinia. “My aim is to spark meaningful conversations about the significance of spaces in shaping cultures, fostering connections, and resonating with personal and collective experiences.”

Inviting us to contemplate the intricate relationship between people and spaces, the artwork exhibited goes beyond the physical, touching memory, identity, and collective awareness. It highlights how art empowers us to go beyond the limits of our physical surroundings and gain a deeper understanding of the complex nature of “place.” 

The exhibition will feature works by: Alex Arzt, Ebti, S. Emsaki, Kiana Honarmand, Masha Kechaeva, Carolina Maki Kitagawa Frisby, Nazafarin Lotfi, Lorena Molina, yétúndé olagbaju, Kelley O’Leary, Tiare Ribeaux and Qianqian Ye, Sanaz Safanasab, Supermrin and Jessica Fertonani Cooke, and Connie Zheng. 


About Minoosh Zomorodinia
Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. She employs walking as a catalyst to reference the power of technology as a colonial structure while negotiating boundaries of land. Her strollings sometimes reimagine our relationships between nature, land, and technology, while addressing transformation of memories into actual physical space absurdly

Image credit: Lorena Molina, Entre Palmas, 2018. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist.

Opening Public Reception Details 
Friday, October 13, 6 – 8 p.m.  
SFAC Main Gallery, War Memorial Veterans Building 
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 126, San Francisco, CA 94102 
Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

April 17
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
Public Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting

December 18
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Hybrid: 401 Van Ness | Rm 125 and Online
Public Meeting

Community Investments Committee Meeting

December 09
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
Public Meeting

Full Arts Commission Meeting

May 06
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online