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Shadi Ghadirian

Photographer Shadi Ghadirian was born in 1974 in Tehran, graduated with a BA in Photography from the Azad University, Tehran (1998), and swiftly became a star of the international scene.

She has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2008); Photography Festival of Istanbul, Turkey (2007); Gallery B21, Dubai (2007); Al Maamal Foundation, East Jerusalem, Palestine (2006); Villa Moda, Kuwait (2002); Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (2002); Guildhall University, London ( 2000) and Golestan Gallery, Tehran (1999).

Her numerous group exhibitions include “Biennale Donna”, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara (2010); “Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East”, DIFC, Dubai (2008) and The British Museum, London (2006); Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands (2007); “Representation and Use of the Body in Art”, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris (2006); “Ey! Iran: Contemporary Iranian Photography”, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia (2006); “Images of the Middle East”, DCCD, Copenhagen, Denmark (2006); “The Veiled Mirror: Contemporary Iranian Photography”, De Santos Gallery, Houston, Texas (2006); “Blessed are the Merciful”, Feigen Contemporary, New York (2006); “After the Revolution”, San Sebastian, Spain (2005); “West by East”, CCCB, Barcelona (2005); “Far Near Distance”, The House of World Culture (HKW), Berlin (2004); Sharjah International Biennal VI (2003); the touring exhibition “The Veil” at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Liverpool and Oxford (2003); the touring exhibition “Harem Fantasies and the New Sheherezades”, CCCB Barcelona and Lyon (2003); “Glimpses of Iran”, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece (2002); “Iranian Contemporary Art”, Barbican Art Centre, London (2001); “Regards Persans”, Espace Electra, Paris (2001); “Inheritance”, Leighton House Museum, London (2000); and “Ekbatana?”, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen (2000).

Ghadirian’s work is in several public collections, including The British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (MUMOK); and Musée des Arts Contemporains, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Selected publications include “Shadi Ghadirian: A Woman Photographer from Iran” by Rose Issa (Saqi Books, 2008); “Iranian Photography Now” by Rose Issa (Hatje Cantz, 2008); and “Iranian Contemporary Art” by Rose Issa (Booth-Clibborn Editions, London, 2001)

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