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Over de kunstenaar
Shadi Ghadirian was born in Teheran in 1974. In 1998, she completed her B.A. in photography at one of the Azad Universities in Teheran. She has become known primarily for her studio portraits of young women, a series highlighting the contradiction between the public and private spheres in everyday life in Iran. She lives and works in Teheran.
Her work in Ghajar looks back to the era of the Ghajar (Qajar/Kadjar) dynasty who ruled Iran from 1794-1925, using clothes from the turn of the last century to dress women friends, and posing them in front of painted backdrops and employing similar techniques of make-up to those in use at the time. Into these traditionally posed scenes she adds modern anomalies, posing them using a vacuum cleaner, a guitar or bicycle.
About the Qajar series she states:
´When I did the Qajar series of photographs, I had just graduated and the duality and contradiction of life at that time provided the motive for me to display this contrast: a woman who one cannot say to what time she belongs; a photograph from two eras; a woman who is dazed; a woman who is not connected to the objects in her possession. It was very natural that after marriage, vacuum cleaners and pots and pans find their way into my photographs; a woman with a different look, a woman who no matter in what part of the world she is living, still has these kinds of apprehensions´.
De volgende instellingen bieden werk aan en organiseren exposities:
AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussel
Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam
Werken Toon afbeeldingen in apart venster|
Nil Nil #20, 2008, 76 x 76 cm/ ed. of 10
Nil Nil #04, 2008, 76 x 76 cm/ ed. of 10
Nil Nil #08, 2008, 115 x 76 cm/ ed. of 10
Ctrl + Alt + Delete #10, 2007, 67 x 50 cm/ ed. of 10
Ctrl + Alt + Delete #05, 2007, 67 x 50 cm/ ed. of 10
West by East #12, 2005, 90 x 60 cm/ ed. of 10
West by East #05, 2005, 90 x 60 cm/ ed. of 10
My Press Photo #19, 2005, 40 x 30 cm/ ed. of 10
My Press Photo #04, 2005, 40 x 30 cm/ ed. of 10
Like Everyday 08, 2001