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About the Artist

Salome MC (Bothell) is an Iranian musician and multimedia artist. She is the first woman to make hip hop music in her home country, releasing three music albums and self-directed music videos in Tehran, where she studied design. In 2010, she was awarded the MEXT Scholarship from Japan's Ministry of Education, and moved to Japan to pursue her master's degree in experimental video and sound from Tohoku University of Arts and Design. Her artwork has been since showcased internationally in universities, theaters, and galleries.

In 2016, Salome MC moved to Washington State, where she released her latest concept album Excerpts from Unhappy Consciousness, which is lauded as the first Persian hip hop album produced by a woman. She is an active member of Seattle's art community and currently works as a producer at Jack Straw Cultural Center.

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From the Artist

To me, this award, more than anything, is acknowledgment that I am a local Washington State artist. As a new immigrant during this tumultuous time in America, it means a great deal to me, and I am honored to call this beautiful state my home. Thank you so much for welcoming me so warmly!

Salome MC