Iranian born (1989)-Oakland based artist, Sara Emsaki, works in a variety of mediums, including painting, video and installation; re-appropriating images that target gender roles and their subsequent power dynamics. Her practice interrogates the multiple roles and codes individuals embody at the intersection of contrasting religious, cultural and aesthetic traditions. She is a recipient of the Wendy Sussman award in painting and the Eisner Prize for the highest achievement in the creative arts. Emsaki holds a BFA from the University of California, Berkeley.