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Untitled, Qajar series

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Untitled, Qajar series

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Untitled, Qajar series

Size/45 x 30 cm
Price/$4,990

Untitled, Qajar series

Size/45 x 30 cm
Price/$4,990

Untitled, Qajar series

Size/60 x 90 cm
Price/$13,860

Untitled, Like Everyday series

Size/50 x 50 cm
Price/$13,860

Untitled, Like Everyday series

Size/50 x 50 cm
Price/$13,860

Untitled, Like Everyday series

Size/50 x 50 cm
Price/$13,860

Untitled, Like Everyday series

Size/50 x 50 cm
Price/$9,420

Shadi Ghadirian

Birth Year

Country of birth

Country of residence

1974

Iran

Iran

Artist’s Story

Shadi Ghadirian is a leading and renowned contemporary photographer living and working in Tehran / Through her work, she critically comments on the pushes and pulls between tradition and modernity for women living in Iran, as well as other contradictions that exist in everyday life/ Ghadirian gained international recognition through the series Qajar and Like Every Day in 1998 and 2001 / In Ghadirian’s first series, Qajar (1998), the artist arranged portraits of women, mainly her friends and family, using backdrops and dress reminiscent of the Qajar era (1785-1925), but added contemporary Western props such as a boom box, a Pepsi can, a phone or a vacuum. Portraits taken in the Qajar period were traditionally captured in a formal setting, and the subject often posed with prized possessions and objects that pointed to elite status / This juxtaposition of the traditional and the contemporaneous served as a starting off point for later series that further developed around the theme of contradiction in everyday life in contemporary Iran/ Ghadirian’s work exists in public collections at The British Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK; the Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris, France; the LACMA in California, USA; The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, USA; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA; the Mumok in Vienna, Austria; Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie in Aurillac, France; the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon, India; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran /

Artworks are courtesy of Silk Road Gallery in Tehran, Iran.

Full CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Like Every Day And Nil Nil, AB43 Contemporary, Zurich (Switzerland)
2015
Shadi Ghadirian – Rétrospective, Bibliothèque de la Part Dieu, Lyon
The Others Me, Officine dell’Immagine, Milan, Italy
Shadi Ghadirian: a retrospective, Dar al Funoon Gallery, Kuwait
Shadi Ghadirian, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, (USA)
2013
Miss Butterfly, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai
2012
Shadi Ghadirian, Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin
Shadi Ghadirian: Voices of The Other Half, Rossi & Rossi Ltd, London
The International Photo Festival, Kusadasi, Turkey
2011
West by East, Queen Gallery, Toronto
Miss Butterfly, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
2010
Shadi Ghadirian - Solo, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009
Shadi Ghadirian, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris
Shadi Ghadirian - Ghost Gifts, CO2 contemporary art, Rome
Shadi Ghadirian - a photographer from Iran, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels
Shadi Ghadirian - Photographer, Tasveer Gallery, Kolkata, India
Shadi Ghadirian - Photographer, Tasveer Gallery, Delhi, India
Shadi Ghadirian - Photographer, Tasveer Gallery, Bangalore, India
FCG Duesseldorf, Germany
2008
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Shadi Ghadirian, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
2007
Like Everyday - Qajar - Be Colourful, B21 Gallery, Dubai
Photography Festival of Istanbul, Turkey
2006
French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
Al mamal Foundation2, Jerusalem, Palestine
2002
Villa Moda, Kuwait
2001
Exhibition of Fnac, France
1999
Golestan Gallery, Tehran

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Into View, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD
Islamic Art Now, Contemporary Art of the Middle East, Part II, Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Daegu Photo Biennale 2016, EXCO, Daegu
Parallel Vienna 2016, Parallel Vienna, Vienna
Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography, Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, (USA)
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (USA)
Miradas paralelas. Irán-España: fotógrafas en el espejo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid
Defilages- Gender & Ae´rt Textile aujourd’hui, Galerie 100Titres, Brussels
Iran Art Now!, Setareh Gallery, Dusseldorf
2015
Flashback, Haleh Gallery, Berg am Starnberger See
The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York City, NY
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA
Humble me, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Too early, too late: Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Bologna
Burnt Generation - The Founders, Gallery at The Military Museums, Calgary, AB
56th Venice Biennale, The Great Game – Iranian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Cherchez l’erreur, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, France
SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence, National Academy Museum, New York, NYC, USA
2014
Voice of Tacitness: Asian Women Photography, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Iran_Rio Art Connection, Largo Das Artes, Rio de Janeiro
Majority World Photo, Gulf Photo Plus (GPP), Dubai
The Middle East Revealed: A Female Perspective, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City, NY
Contemporary Iranian Photography, Fine Arts Gallery of Cal State L.A., Los Angeles, CA
Burnt Generation, Somerset House, London
Full House - 15 Years of Inventory and Exhibitions at Aeroplastics Contemporary, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels
Displacement, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
The winter video art (Iran And Japan), Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2013
Photography Art: Beginning a Collection, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
She Who Tells a Story - Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
L’eveil Du Moyen Orient, Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris
Identity, Haleh Gallery, Berg am Starnberger See
Harem Fantasies and the New Sheherzades, CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
2012
AKS: Pictorial Representations from Iran, Rose Issa Projects, London
Light from the Middle East: About the Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum - V&A, London
Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle
The Other Half Of Iran, SEM-ART Gallery, Monaco
The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Iranian Arts Now, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
Green: A Spring Hanging, Rose Issa Projects, London
Iranian Perspectives: A Group Show, Richard Young Gallery, London
The elephant in the dark, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon
Evreux, Maison des Arts, France
Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia
Museum of contemporary art, Isfahan, Iran
Majority World, Guardian Gallery, London
Biennial of Fashion Photography, Varazdin, Croatia
2011
The Pool, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran
THEO LENDERS 1955-2011, Odapark Venray - Centrum hedendaagse kunst, Venray
Pulso Iraniano, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro
PHotoEspaña 2011 - PHotoEspaña, Madrid
Summer Group Show - Artists Of The Gallery, Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin
Idols and Icons, YAVUZ Fine Art, Singapore
Miragens, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB - Brasília
Zendegi: Twelve Contemporary Iranian Artists, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut
Of women's modesty and anger, Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
Staging Identity, Kashya Hildebrand - Zürich
Miragens, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo
Miragens, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB - São Paulo
The French Cultural Center in Yangon, Burma
Cool Art Café, Brussels
Artespacio CAF,Bolivia
Tehran Monoxide Project, Kherad School, Tehran
2010
La Route de la Soie, Tri Postal, Lille
Miragens, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Recent Self-portraites, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
Barakat: The Gift, Stux Gallery, New York City
Stare at the Other Side, Albareh Art Gallery, Manama
Tehran-New York, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City
The Promise of Loss. A Contemporary Index of Iran, Arario New York, New York City
Cmooa Gallery, Morocco
Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland
IRAN: Preview of the past, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Act of Faith, Abdijdmuseum Ten Duinen' in Koksijde, Belgium
2009
That’s all Folks!, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruges
The Promise Of Loss, HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna
Routes II, Waterhouse & Dodd, London
Photography, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Purdy Hicks Summer Party, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Rebelle - Kunst & Feminisme 1969 - 2009, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem - MMKA, Arnhem
Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Ar, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, NY
The seen and the hidden: [dis]covering the veil, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, NY
Iranian Photography Now, Rose Issa Projects, London
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Mall Gallery, Masques of Shahrzad, London
Du Quai Branly Museum, Paris
Guild Art Gallery, New York
2008
Look what love did to us once again, Cramer Art Gallery, Geneva
Deadly Serious, EXPRMNTL Galerie, Toulouse
Mahrem, Tanas, Berlin
Cultura Subyugada - Interrupciones y resistencias sobre lo femenino, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRo), Rosario
Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London
Mahrem - Anmerkungen zum Schleier, Kunsthalle wien project space karlsplatz, Vienna
Word Into Art, DIFC, Dubai
2007
Il velo, Cesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio
Rare Essence, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels
Group Exhibition, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
Noorderlicht photofestival, Netherlands
La Paz, Bolivia
San Diego Convention Centre, California
2006
Wahre Bilder, FO.KU.S - Foto Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck
The other side of the body, Galerie Helene Lamarque - Paris
Peintres de la vie moderne Modern-life painters - Donation - Caisse des Dépôts' photograph collection, Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Why Pictures Now, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
voiler dévoiler, Villa du Parc - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Annemasse
Word into Art, ArtSchool Palestine, London
Blessed are the Merciful, Kinz + Tillou, New York City
Orient - Okzident, Goethe-Institut Kairo, Cairo
Artspace Witzenhausen, Amsterdam
The Veiled Mirror, Contemporary Iranian Photography, De Santos Gallery, Houston
Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London
Image of Middle East, dccd, Denmark
Ey Iran, Contemporary Iranian Photography, Gold Cost City Art Gallery, Australia
Le Rectangle, Lyon
Selyemes Fenyek, Budapest
Inaugura en Tucumán, Mexico
2005
Oracle of Truth, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels
Orient Okzident, Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden
Occident vist des d'Orient, CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona
Rebel mind Gallery, Berlin
Foto Art Festival, Poland
Group Exhibition, After the revolution, Sansebastian, Spain
N Gallery, Georgia
Galata Fotografhanesi, Istanbul
Boudin Lebon Gallery, Paris
Third Line Gallery, Dubai
2004
Orient - Okzident, Goethe-Institut Casablanca , Casablanca
Orient - Okzident, Goethe-Institut Rabat, Rabat
Entfernte Nähe - Neue Positionen Iranischer Künstler, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
Orient - Okzident, Rathausgalerie Aalen, Aalen
Blessed are the Merciful, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels
The House of World Cultures, Berlin
Photo Biennale of Moscow, Russia
Parliament of Brussels
Photo Biennale of Luxemburg
Chobi Mella 3, Bangladesh
2003
Det fördoldas verklighet – Aletheia, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg
Orient - Okzident, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Berlin
Orient - Okzident, Frauenmuseum Bonn, Bonn
6th Sharjah International Biennial, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah
Orient - Okzident, Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlsruhe
Veil, Institute of International Visual Arts - iniva, London
Harem Fantasies and the new Scheherzades, Spain and France
Ville De Bologna, France
Sorbonne University, Paris
2002
Iranian Look - A Selection of Photos by Contemporary Iranian Photographers, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (Glimpses Of Iran), Greece
2001
Fotonoviembre, Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
A Space Gallery, Toronto
Barbican Art Center (Iranian Contemporary Art), London
Photospania Festival, Spain
Regards Persans, Espace Electra, Paris
2000
Inheritance, Leiton House Museum, London
Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen, Denmark
Ballymena Arts Festival, Northern Ireland
The House of World Cultures, Berlin
The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation, Worth Ryder Gallery at University of California, Berkeley
1999
Leighton House Museum, London
1998
Sooreh International photo exhibition, Tehran
Barg Gallery, Tehran
1997
Group Exhibition (About Children), Aria Gallery, Tehran
Tehran International Documentary Photo exhibition, Tehran

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The British Museum, London
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
The Smithsonian museum, Washington DC
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston (USA)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Mumok (Museum Modern Kunst Sitftung Ludwig), Vienna
Musée d’art et d’archéologie de la ville d’Aurillac
Devi Art Foundation, India
Museum of contemporary Art, Tehran
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Career Highlights

  • The British Museum, London
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
  • The Smithsonian museum, Washington DC

Artist Statement

“My pictures became a mirror reflecting how I felt: we are stuck between tradition and modernity. This conflict between old and new is how the younger generation are currently living in Iran. We may embrace modernity, but we’re still in love with our country’s traditions”